NACDL - State of Ohio v. Wogenstahl

State of Ohio v. Wogenstahl

Memorandum in Support of Jurisdiction of Amicus Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and The Innocence Network In Support of Defendant-Appellant Jeffrey Wogenstahl.

Brief filed: 03/21/2016

Documents

State of Ohio v. Wogenstahl

Supreme Court of Ohio; Case No. 2016-0423

Prior Decision

Appeal taken from the Hamilton County Court of Appeals, First Appellate District, C.A. Case No. C-140683.

Argument

The terms of the microscopic hair comparison analysis (MHCA) review firmly establish the parameters of microscopic hair comparison. Testimony that exceeds those limits is false and erroneous testimony. The terms of the MHCA established the limits of the "science" of microscopic hair comparison for the first time. Juries are overly confident in subjective "sciences" such as microscopic hair comparison. The lower court improperly analyzed the significance of the MHCA review.

Author(s)

Amelia R. V. Maxfield, NACDL, Washington, DC; Kristina W. Supler, McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA, Cleveland, OH.