The 8th Annual Prescription for Criminal Justice Forensics Program

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Source:  Carol Rose, ABA Criminal Justice Section

For the eighth year, the American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics will bring together experts, including academics, prosecutors, defense lawyers, scientists, and others to discuss forensic evidence and its impact on the criminal justice system. This year’s topics include:

  • Forensic Science Update – to include the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) black box studies and how these are being handled by the courts
  • DNA – touch DNA transfer, phenotyping markers, likelihood ratios, and familial searches
  • Facial recognition science and the privacy issues this raises
  • Legalization of marijuana and the manner in which evidence is presented in court
  • Ethics – lawyers’ duties to correct errors post-conviction

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