A respected under and graduate forensic science program in the UK has introduced copies of our Academic Press/Elsevier text into its reference library and student discussions. Greatly appreciated! Here’s the notice for their students’ new semester.
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Only published recently is the text:
Forensic Science Reform (Protecting the Innocent)
The work is written by friends in the US and already I’ve arranged for us to have copies in our library, so please take a look if you get chance. This will add so much vital context and understanding of professional practice to your studies. I’m sure the authors will not mind me sharing with you a few pages from this book and hopefully this will whet your appetite to get the book from the library. We’ve been studying quite a lot on issues of bias, uniqueness, and pattern evidence. Likewise, I know that many of you are beginning your Fires and Explosions Modules with soon, so maybe this case is of particular relevance. It’s a summary of events surrounding the case of Cameron Todd Willingham who was executed in Texas in 2004 following having been convicted of arson which caused the death of his three daughters. Over the years there has been much focus on this cause célèbre and the science ’ used to convict Willingham. Each of the chapters in the book begins with a case study underpinning and reinforcing our need to get things right. No case is more poignant than this and l hope you ’ll take a moment to read and consider the very high expectations placed on you as forensic scientists.