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Book Review: Forensic Science Reform - Protecting the Innocent

By Hon. Roderick Kennedy

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Forensic Science Reform
Protecting the Innocent

Wendy J. Koen and C. Michael Bowers, EditorsAcademic Press (2016) 

We know that trying cases frequently requires experts to make connections between phenomena and their meaning that are beyond the grasp of ordinary persons to assist a legal fact finder to understand the significance of evidence in a case. Along with that is a theme — enunciated in the Daubert decision, the National Academies’ 2009 forensic science report, and last year’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report — that lawyers and judges often fail to effectively learn and deploy scientific and technical evidence in court. Koen and Bowers’ book joins a groundswell of publications directed at providing a framework for the practitioner to approach, understand, and structure evidence in meaningful ways at trial. This requires learning the limits of forensic science, chronicling the quest for validation of its practices, and (ul

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