Duke Law Forensics Events

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Duke Law School will host two forensic evidence programs in March 2019. Getting Forensics Right: Strengthening the Connection Between Forensics, Statistics, and Law Ten Years After “A Path Forward” https://law.duke.edu/events/scientific-evidence/ Wednesday, March 6, 2019 • 12:30 PM • Law School… Continue Reading →

NY Frye Ruling on Ballistics Evidence

In Ross v. State, the Supreme Court in Bronx County ruled on a Frye motion by the defense” “to preclude a ballistics expert from testifying that shell casings found at a crime scene matched a firearm found in a car… Continue Reading →

Coming Spring 2021: Autopsy of a Crime Lab

My new book Autopsy of a Crime Lab is forthcoming in Spring 2021 from University of California Press.  For a description of  the book: http://www.brandonlgarrett.com/#/autopsycrimelab/ “That’s not my fingerprint, your honor,” said the defendant, after FBI experts reported a “100%… Continue Reading →


The Department of Justice has released newly revised uniform language for forensic testimony and reports – effective in August 2020.  They are all posted on the DOJ website here. In the fingerprint ULTR, for example, the new guidance adds (in… Continue Reading →

Amicus Brief in Gissander

An amicus brief was filed today (here Gissantaner Amicus FILED) in the Sixth Circuit in U.S. v Daniel Gissantaner, Case No. 19-2305, concluding complex DNA mixture evidence. This brief was submitted on behalf of a group of forensic evidence and forensic… Continue Reading →

IBM and Facial Recognition

Today, tech crunch reports that IBM CEO Arvind Krishna announced IBM will no longer sell facial recognition services,  as part of a letter in support of the Justice in Policing Act, introduced in Congress. Krishna called for a “national dialogue” on… Continue Reading →

Race and DNA Exonerations

Race and injustice are central to the story of innocence and DNA exonerations in the U.S. Racial disparity is glaring in these DNA exonerees’ cases. Many more DNA exonerees were minorities than is typical even among average and already racially… Continue Reading →

Archie Williams on America’s Got Talent – and One-Sided Forensic Databases

Archie Williams performed incredibly and movingly on America’s Got Talent; his audition was posted on social media providing a peek at the season to come – and a window into his singing talent.  He said: “I watched ‘America’s Got Talent’ in… Continue Reading →

CSAFE All Hands

This past week CSAFE hosted its annual All Hands meeting, remotely, but that was not the only way that it differed from those in the past.  We also celebrated our renewal for five years, even as we described accomplishments during… Continue Reading →

Jules Epstein on “Bullet Points”—Challenges to Firearms-Matching Evidence

Jules Epstein asks, in a piece on law.com, “Does science support a firearms and tool mark expert from saying anything more than that “the firearm may have fired the recovered casing … ? Not, “it came from this gun and no other,”… Continue Reading →

Why Is Courtroom Science So Unscientific?

Asks Jackie Rocheleau in a piece in Gizmodo, beginning by describing the case of Timothy Bridges in which an analyst claimed there was a one in 1,000 chance that another Caucasian person could have the same head hair as the… Continue Reading →

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