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Forensic Science at the Dept. of Justice: Advancing or Backtracking?

By February 22, 2018 No Comments

Yesterday the U.S. Justice Department announced plans to “advance forensic science” through “uniform language” in analyst testimony, more transparency of its quality control procedures, and other measures. Said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting, “The policies that I am announcing today will advance the Justice Department’s commitment to reliable science that helps us to find and report the truth.” According to the Innocence Project, however, Rosenstein’s comments “renew concerns that the DOJ is backtracking on progress to ensure that forensic disciplines are guided by the best science and that safeguards were enacted to insulate practitioners from law enforcement influence.”