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White House science council:pattern matching forensic science is junk

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2016 | Firm News

So will any court actually endorse the scientific method for the admission of scientific evidence into court? The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has concluded that forensic bite-mark evidence is not scientifically valid. BUT additionally the report also criticizes other “pattern matching” forensic fields with varying degrees of severity, including shoe-print matching, firearms analysis, tool-mark analysis and even fingerprint matching (which likely has more evidentiary value than most other pattern-matching disciplines but is often overstated and needs more research to determine accuracy and margin for error). Pattern-matching fields of forensics basically involve a self-proclaimed expert looking at a piece of evidence and declaring by his or her own judgment whether it excludes, is consistent with or “matches” a suspect. It’s highly subjective.