Forensics: Personal attacks and pushback against forensic bias researchers

Today’s Quattrone Center podcast with Itiel Dror, Brandon Garrett and Maneka Sinha reveals recent complaints leveled at Dror by @theNAME1996 forensic pathologists demanding retraction and his dismissal from UCL. His recent article on ME bias has hit a big nerve.

Their discussion centered on the arena of forensic expertise in criminal courts. The topics include:

1. Poor financial support allowing defense experts to explain weaknesses in prosecutors’ arguments.

2. 95% of cases being plea bargained without forensic review.

3. Poor regulation of some forensic disciplines.

4. Error rate statements (if available) that are overstated, flawed and misleading.

5. Self-professed experts lacking data and proficiency review.

6. The “own bias blindspot” seen in forensics. (Read the above article on cognitive bias).

7. Anti-science backlash in police controlled forensics.

The podcast will be posted on The Quattrone Center’s archive at

Dror’s background:

About csidds

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