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June 2017 , Page 11 

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NACDL News: Attorney General Sessions Moves Against the Independence and Integrity of Forensic Science

By Ivan J. Dominguez, Ezra Dunkle-Polier, and Alexandra Funk

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The Washington Post reported on April 10 that Attorney General Jeff Sessions “would not renew the National Commission on Forensic Science, a roughly 30-member advisory panel of scientists, judges, crime lab leaders, prosecutors, and defense lawyers chartered by the Obama administration in 2013.” Attorney General Sessions also “suspended an expanded review of FBI testimony across several techniques that have come under question, saying a new strategy will be set by an in-house team of law enforcement advisors.”

In making the announcement, Sessions applauded “the professionalism of the National Commission on Forensic Science” and acknowledged “the contributions it has made in this crucial field” of ensuring “accurate forensic science analysis.”

“The reliance of law enforcement on questionable science and the overstatement of the reliability of that science has been a leading cause of the wrongful conviction of innocent people,” said NACDL President Barry J. Pollack. “T
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