Friday, August 07, 2009

Forensic Follies

From Popular Mechanics comes this fascinating article that questions whether forensics has enough science...

CSI Myths: The Shaky Science Behind Forensics

If you ask me, more science can't hurt any field, including that of forensics.

For those who are interested in forensics, ForensicLinks is a great online reference tool.


At August 07, 2009 4:30 PM, Blogger crazy4coens said...

I think the justice system is really more about the attorneys than the evidence - "If the glove don't fit - acquit" - it seems like if it's not DNA then it's all spin.

interesting post - thanks!

At August 07, 2009 6:27 PM, Blogger Ananda girl said...

Don't get me started on the justice system. It goes like this: a complaint is made and the search for evidence to support the complaint begins. There is no search for truth, only support of claim. Big huge difference.

I agree... you can't have too much science.

At August 08, 2009 10:45 AM, Blogger cube said...

crazy4coens: You have a point. OJ is free because some hired guns (legal & forensic) insinuated doubt into much of the mountain of evidence and a bunch of highly gullible jurors were swayed into believing the lie.

At August 08, 2009 10:46 AM, Blogger cube said...

Ananda Girl: I hear you. It annoys me to no end too.

At August 09, 2009 10:47 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

A good defense attorney often overturns a lot of forensic "evidence." DNA is pretty solid, but other methods used in forensics have room for multiple interpretations.

As one who watches all the CSI programs on television, I found this post of great interest.

At August 09, 2009 10:51 AM, Blogger cube said...

Always On Watch: Glad you liked it. I was a fan of forensics before it became popular and while it was considered 'morbid' entertainment.


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