New Junk Forensic Science comes your way from Alabama

Nothing says ‘forensic science’ better that the state of Alabama. Its evidentiary statutes and case law (stare decisis) contains convictions later overturned by DNA. And, its District Attorneys (Hi there, Steve Marshall, from Marshall County, ALA) allow forensic experts to testify like those mentioned in WaPo’s well-researched article.

Not a very high bar of credibility for their criminal justice system.

Read on for an example of how junk science peeks its head-up from first-time ‘experts’ presenting their opinions in criminal cases and rendering probabilities of guilt with little to no supporting data.

It also reflects on some judges’ inability to determine anything about the scientific method. 

About csidds

Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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