“It’s a Joke.” More on the FBI and DOJ bad attitude on legitimate testing in forensics

Hey, just think. If the FBI and DOJ admitted (again) that they “aren’t perfect”  and “needed to test more” then imagine the change in the rate of appeals their convictions would demand? There wouldn’t be enough lawyers in this country to had the paperwork. The botched assumptions of their hair matching unit took decades to be brought to the surface.

This is from Jordan Smith at “The Intercept.”

FBI AND DOJ VOW TO CONTINUE USING JUNK SCIENCE REJECTED BY WHITE HOUSE REPORT

The DOJ lady, Loretta Lynch, gets an F for popping off with this statement while ignoring the challenges outlined by the White House (and the National Academy).

“The DOJ did not respond to The Intercept’s request for additional information, but based on her statement, it appears Lynch is saying there’s simply nothing to see here and that the criminal justice system is working just fine.”

It’s a joke

Fabricant [The NY Innocence Project director of strategic litigation] said the DOJ’s rejection out-of-hand of the White House report is disheartening. “You would think that they would want to get it right. The idea is not that we’re going to spring open the jailhouse doors and let everybody free. The idea is that scientific evidence ought to be scientific,” he said. “To simply reject the call for more research and to say that Daubert is sufficient is ludicrous, because Daubert is obviously not sufficient,” he continued. “So, the idea that you would point to the courts and to precedent for the idea that forensic evidence is good enough for government work is a joke.”

Read the full article

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