Prez advisors warn: halt convictions based on pseudoscience

Hmmm. I wonder who Dr4ensic might be? The plot thickens. I’m waiting for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences to weigh in on PCAST. That response will either lend considerable credence to PCAST as a “Path Forward” or… well let’s just wait and see.

Appellate Squawk

galileo-and-telescope-detail Galileo tries to persuade the Inquisition to look at the Moon through a telescope.

A mysterious Deep Throat, known only as Dr4ensic, has leaked a draft report from a Presidential commission warning that courts are falling down on their job of keeping out junk science offered by the prosecution.  That’s mighty public-spirited of Dr4ensic, considering that the report trashes his own field of bitemark comparison, among others, as  hopelessly unscientific. Yup, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has concluded that the highfallutin scientific jargon of expert opinions that a bitemark, fingerprint, shoe print, tire print, bullet or hair found at the crime scene could only have come from the defendant amounts to nothing but “because I say so.”  But you mustn’t peek, because the report is marked “DO NOT QUOTE OR DISTRIBUTE.”  draft-pcast-report-1-2

Nevertheless, the National District Attorneys Association has lost no time in howling…

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