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May 2006 , Page 50 

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State Legislative Affairs Update

By Scott Ehlers

 

Crime Labs And Forensic Evidence

US: American Judicature Society’s Forensics Commission Meets For First Time

It appears that the CSI effect has gotten the attention of the American Judicature Society (AJS), which has formed a Commission on Forensic Science and Public Policy. The commission, co-chaired by former Attorney General Janet Reno, former FBI Director William Webster, and statistician Stephen Fienberg of Carnegie Mellon University, is comprised of 38 leading scientists, law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and academics. It met for the first time March 31-April 2.

The commission established five initial areas for the focus of its work: ensuring the preservation, scientific testing and access to evidence; improving the quality of eyewitness testimony; promulgating standards for, and the systematic evaluation of the nation’s forensic labs; encouraging research and evaluation of pattern recognition techniques associated with forensic evidence to help solve cri

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