MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — When justice hinges on forensic evidence, the science behind it must be flawless. But that is not always the case, according to the editors of the West Virginia Law Review.
Juries often hear testimony on forms of forensic evidence that are not as scientifically sound as DNA testing. This branch of forensics includes hair, bite mark and shoe print comparisons. Add the fabrication of results and improper expert testimony and the outcome of a trial can be a wrongful conviction.
On March 3 and 4, the West Virginia Law Review is holding a symposium at the West Virginia University College of Law to explore the use of flawed forensics in the criminal justice system. Participants include national experts from higher education, the legal community, and advocacy groups.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.