Essay about Forensic Investigation Of Forensic Science

1003 Words Dec 1st, 2016 5 Pages
As a surprise, forensic science error is the second leading cause of wrongful convictions. This could be due to how forensic scientists or forensic examiners present the evidence. Invalidated or improper forensic science contributed to the wrongful convictions of about half of DNA exonerations. (innocence) Though there has been a significant increase with science over the years, there are still issues with other forensic techniques, such as hair microscopy, firearm tool mark analysis, bite mark analysis, and even shoe print comparisons. (innocence) These problems create and discredit forensic science. (innocence) Over more than a two- decade period prior to 2000, the FBI and the Justice Department have announced to the public that nearly every examiner in the elite FBI Forensic Unit gave improper testimony in nearly all trials in which they offered their expertise opinion on evidence against criminal defendants. (Washington) According to the National Associated of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the FBI’S Laboratory microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 (of out 28) examiners heightened forensic matches that gave an advantage to the prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed. (Washington) These are not minor offenses. These cases are high profiled. 32 defendants were on death row, and of those 14 have either been executed or has died in prison. (Washington) Because of this huge error, the FBI said they “are committed to ensuring that affected…

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