Derailed--The Crisis of Forensic Expertise
What a False Positive Fingerprint Match Tells Us About the Politics of Forensics
New Books Network 2022
When it comes to complex social problems, us “sensible” types turn to the experts, but what if they don’t actually know what they’re talking about? That happens to be the case with many forensic experts. Blood spatter, ballistics, hand-writing analysis, fingerprints, etc. They aren’t Gods, they aren’t magicians, they ain’t anything like what you see on CSI. In fact, they get things terribly wrong; and when they do, the consequences can be catastrophic. We’ll reveal the crisis in forensic expertise, and look for ways to fix it, featuring the American lawyer falsely arrested for the 2004 Madrid bombings because of a fingerprint.
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