We should consider the US Department of Justice declining to renew the Natl Commission on Forensic Science just a foretelling of the retrenching push by police and prosecutor to remain outside normal scientific influences.
This agency of public safety via criminal litigation, punishment and incarceration is earning negative credits for false accusations of being ignored by Congress, the Obama administration and being a victim of ‘defense oriented’ bias since the 2009 National Academy of Sci report creating a “Path Forward” hit their radar. Or rather hit their foreheads and immediately bounced off.
Here is today’s look at the meme-like prosecutors jumping for joy and some of their incorrigible ‘defense’ enemies from an article at ABC News. “Critics worry ‘junk science’ to reign as panel ends.” ABC has included a neat video of a recent “Science March” foretelling the April 22 nation-wide event on Earth Day.
- Prosecutors praise the move.
- Defense attorneys will step up their challenges to certain forensic practices.
- Erin Murphy – “Even if defense attorneys jump up and down and complain about it, they won’t have the power of a national commission to back them up,” said Erin Murphy, a professor at New York University School of Law. “The status quo right now is to admit it all. The status quo is where things are likely to stay.”
- The Justice Department says concerns are premature.
- USDOJ sub AG Andrew Goldsmith (Sally Yates replacement) – “Nothing off the table.”
Goldsmith failed to attach the time line of his boss Sessions, police crime lab people and Prosecutors’s ballistic (pun intended) responses that should dissuade the public from thinking the table even exists.