FBI DNA software revamp falls onto each US state to review past convictions

This article contains a broad spectrum of conflicting statements about how serious the “DNA software caused recount” will effect past cases. Of course, the law enforcement side estimate seems confident no major retrials will occur. That’s not what is happening in the Forensic Science Commission’s discussion on this same issue in TX when highly sensitive LCN mixtures are concerned. LCN testing commonly only uses a limited amount of information (i.e. alleles ) when used in criminal cases.

“This could be a huge issue, especially in cases where DNA evidence was a significant factor in the case,” Augusta defense attorney Walter McKee said recently in an email.

Lisa Marchese, head of the criminal division in the attorney general’s office, said Friday she’s “not expecting many, if any, convictions will be impacted.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/10/24/news/state/dna-based-convictions-in-maine-may-be-challenged-due-to-faulty-software/

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