March 28, 2017
‘To Examine the State of Forensic Science in the United States’
Four prepared statements to be discussed in DC. There are four presenters (read the last one FIRST):
Victor Weedn: has a ‘politically correct’ statement about the 11-2016 #PCAST report on pattern matching flaws and weak empirical research. Describes them as ‘debatable.’ He wants more money for research, however.
“While the scientific efficacy of the PCAST report is debatable, the report is absolutely correct on the need for additional research to enhance current forensic science capabilities and instill confidence in current methodologies.”
Matthew Gamette: on overworked and under funded police crime labs and Trump’s Budget projections non-funding of Paul Coverdell grants, cost of training, the decreasing availability of forensic nurses and pathologists.
David Baldwin: Talks about suggestions brought forward by the Obama administration without mentioning either the Obama era NAS forensic report or the #PCAST report. Has a bit to say about ‘few’ research studies not being enough in the area of ballistics ‘black-box’ studies.
Sandra Guerra Thompson: Read this one FIRST. She immediately starts with wrongful convictions and puts them in context with the challenges and renovation to remedy forensic weaknesses with the Houston FS Crime Lab. Mentions and footnotes references throughout her paper. Her issue spotting skills in regards to reliability testing etc. surpasses the first three by a mile.