Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations

An article recently published in the NIJ Journal provides a "review of erroneous convictions that involved forensic science can help identify critical lessons for forensic scientists as they perform testing, interpret results, render conclusions, and testify in court."

Written by Gerald M. LaPorte, director of NIJ's Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences, the article looks specifically at cases of wrongful conviction where forensic science was involved as a contributing factor. "The goal is to identify what we can learn from these cases to help mitigate the potential for erroneous convictions when forensic scientists perform testing, interpret results, render conclusions, and testify to their findings," wrote LaPorte.

You can read the article on the NIJ website here.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.