Monday, August 03, 2009

CSI Myths: The Shaky Science Behind Forensics

Hat Tip to Burt: "This is good: Popular Mechanics puts together a well written article on the crap that passes for Forensic Science in light of numerous prosecutions based on bite mark evidence, ballistics IDs, and fingerprinting being overturned as a result of more reliable data becoming available (e.g., DNA analysis). Good stuff to think about if you're ever called to Jury Duty." - Burt Hoovis (Lance Armstrong Doped)

Article lead: "Forensic science was not developed by scientists. It was mostly created by cops, who were guided by little more than common sense. And as hundreds of criminal cases begin to unravel, many established forensic practices are coming under fire. PM takes an in-depth look at the shaky science that has put innocent people behind bars..."

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