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Amicus Lab Brief in State v. Bryan

Yesterday, with outstanding help from Proskauer Rose, our Duke Law students in the Amicus Lab (Nita Farahany and I teach the course) filed an amicus brief on behalf of a remarkable group of signatories in the case of Bryan v…. Continue Reading →

Forensic Trial Litigation CLE at Duke Law

October 19 (1 pm to 5 pm) and October 20 (all day – 9 am to 5 pm). Forensic evidence, from DNA to fingerprints to ballistics, has never been more important in criminal cases.  Actually litigating scientific evidence in the… Continue Reading →

Tibbs Ruling on Firearms Testimony: a “cannot exclude” limitation

Judge Edelman’s ruling in the Tibbs case was just published.  The Judge described the motion by the defense as follows: In this case, the defense raised and extensively litigated its objection to the government’sproffer of expert testimony regarding firearms and… Continue Reading →

Amicus Lab – Fall 2019

Law & Science Amicus Brief Project at Duke Law Professors Nita Farahany and Brandon Garrett will be teaching in Fall 2019 a course in which Duke law students will work on a series of amicus briefs raising appellate issues at… Continue Reading →

Double Loop Podcast

I discuss recent CSAFE research on how jurors evaluate proficiency of fingerprint experts – a new paper co-authored with Greg Mitchell, on the great Double Loop podcast – here – “Eric and Glenn return from a couple weeks off of… Continue Reading →

Judicial Reliance on Risk Assessment

This new piece is not about forensic science, really, but rather risk assessment in sentencing for low-risk offenders, the latest in a series of studies – with John Monahan and Alex Jakubow – Judicial Reliance on Risk Assessment in Sentencing… Continue Reading →

Forensic Science and Statistics – Special Issue of Significance Magazine

Originally posted at: Forensic Science in North Carolina, a blog of the IDS Forensic Resource Counsel The American Statistical Association and Royal Statistical Society of the UK has published a special issue devoted for forensic evidence. The April 2019 issue,… Continue Reading →

Guest Column: Spiegelman and Tobin on GSR

Clifford Speigelman and Bill Tobin In a series of columns in the Austin American Statesman, as well as in our scientific and legal writings, we have indicated that the efficacies of various forensic practices have been greatly overstated in judicial… Continue Reading →

6th Annual NACDL-Cardozo Law National Forensic College

June 2 – 7, 2019: New York City, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law The National Forensic College is an advanced, week-long forensic science CLE designed for experienced trial and post-conviction defense litigators. It features the foremost national experts in… Continue Reading →

Video: Keith Harward and Peter Neufeld at Duke Law

Watch the video of the event, part of a CSAFE conference at Duke Law, here. What are the stakes when forensics go wrong? Keith Harward tells his story: he was exonerated by DNA testing, but spent 33 years in prison… Continue Reading →

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