The “CSI Effect” discussed in the Republic of South Africa. Judge’s opine is that wrongful convictions should be studied for faulty forensic methods within the criminal justice system. Says judges should study fingerprint analysis. Author says defenants cannot afford to hire experts.
British Media investigative series named “Why forensic science is in crisis.”
The City of Boston’s costs from settling officer involved shootings AND wrongful convictions = $36 million in ten years. Half of costs charged directly to Boston Police Department the rest to wrongful convictions.
This “bacteria ID” idea has been floating around for quite awhile. All I can say, is that it still has a long way to go. Of course, this doesn’t mean that some prosecutor won’t try to get it admitted in court soon.
Virginia cases under review for confidential informant use by a single detective. Over 100 cases involved.
Case example of how eye witness false IDs as core evidence in convictions produces unreliability. Shown in over 75 percent of DNA exonerations.