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September 26, 2014
Lured Back to Forensic Science, New Lab Director Ready for Challenge in Houston
Houston Chronicle (Subscription)
A 2009 report by the National Academy of Sciences recommended that forensic laboratories should no longer be part of, or operated by, law enforcement agencies such as police departments or district attorney's offices.

September 15, 2014
Mississippi Death Row Case Faults Bite-Mark Forensics
New York Times
The lack of a scientific basis for bite-mark identification was stressed by the National Academy of Sciences in a 2009 report on forensics.

August 26, 2014
Bucks Crime Lab Struggles with Backlog
The Inquirer
A 2009 National Academies of Sciences report also called for more accreditation in the nation's crime labs after finding serious deficiencies in some of them.

August 6, 2014
Evidence in Criminal Trials Must be Based on Sound Science
Washington Post (Letter to the Editor)
In 2009, the National Research Council reported that a number of forensic disciplines “have yet to establish either the validity of their approach or the accuracy of their conclusions.”

July 13, 2014
Understaffing Delays West Virginia Autopsy Reports
Associated Press
A 2009 study by the National Academy of Sciences found that there were fewer than 500 licensed forensic pathologists in the country.

June 19, 2014
Senate Approves Medical Examiner Office Overhaul
Associated Press
Peterson referred to a 2009 report by the National Academy of Sciences, which noted that public forensic science laboratories ideally should be independent of or autonomous within law-enforcement agencies.

June 19, 2014
Trial by Fire: Junk Science Sent Dad to Prison for Killing Kids
NBCNews.com
Outrage about the execution mounted as arson science continued to evolve. In 2009, the National Research Council, which helps to shape policy on science, engineering and medicine, published a report that found that all matter of established forensics -- from fingerprinting to hair samples -- were not, in fact, well supported by science.

June 11, 2014
Forensic Science Isn’t Science
Slate Magazine
In 2009, a National Academy of Sciences committee embarked on a long-overdue quest to study typical forensics analyses with an appropriate level of scientific scrutiny—and the results were deeply chilling.

May 18, 2014
DNA Analysis Exposes Flaws in an Inexact Forensic Science
The New York Times
A 2009 report by a committee of the National Academy of Sciences found “serious problems” with an assortment of methods routinely relied on by prosecutors and the police.

May 12, 2014
Forcing Change In Forensic Science
Chemical and Engineering News
Five years ago, the National Academy of Sciences put out a report condemning the state of forensic science.

April 11, 2014
California’s Senate has Approved an Important New Forensics Bill
Washington Post (Op-Ed)
In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences issued a groundbreaking and disturbing report on how forensic analysis is used in America’s courtrooms.

March 18, 2014
Fast-track Executions?
Los Angeles Times (Op-Ed)
It's sobering to note, as the National Research Council did in a report in 2009, that only 60% of publicly financed crime labs even employed a certified examiner...

March 16, 2014
Controversies Prompt Calls for Change in Coroner Rules
USA Today
The investigation cited a 2009 blue ribbon panel of the National Academy of Sciences that pointed out the absence of oversight of coroners and medical...

March 10, 2014
ACS Amends Policy Positions
Chemical and Engineering News
The recommendations are largely based on the 2009 National Academies report “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward,” which highlights the problems of the forensic science community...

February 4, 2014
Faulty Forensic Science Under Fire
Nature
In 2009, the National Research Council (NRC) released a damning report criticizing US forensics practices.

January 14, 2014
Junk Science Review: Texas to Examine Microscopic Hair Analysis in Criminal Convictions
Dallas Observer
A study by the National Academy of Sciences found that it could exclude suspects, but could not single them out with any reliability. With the advent of ...

January 2, 2014
Is DNA Analysis Stuck in the Past?
The Verge
Even the quintessential document about forensic science written in the last decade — the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) Strengthening Forensic Science ...
humane birth control, which the National Academy of Sciences recommends. Horse advocates and even some... 

November 23, 2013
Examining The 'Red Flags' In A Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal
NPR
Whether the Massachusetts scandal leads to improved drug testing remains to be seen. The National Academy of Sciences issued a report in 2009 saying that the increasing reliance on scientific tests in court demands stronger national oversight.
 
November 15, 2013
Gathering of Forensic Evidence Goes on Trial in Texas
Wall Street Journal (Subscription)
Forensic evidence has come under greater scrutiny nationwide following a 2009 report from the National Academy of Sciences, which concluded that no forensic method, with the exception of DNA analysis, has been proved to reliably allow crime-scene evidence to be linked to a particular suspect.
 
October 25, 2013
MyCentralJersey.com
The National Academy of Sciences and other scholarly studies have cast doubt on body bite-mark comparisons. During Richardson's trial, the defense's own ...
 
September 25, 2013
The Verge
Fabricant is just one of many people and organizations questioning the use of bite mark evidence in court. Perhaps the most prominent of these organizations is the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
 
August 19, 2013
Innoncence Lost: 3 District Men Wrongfully Convicted Spark Review of FBI Procedure, Court Cases
The District Chronicles
The practice was deemed “highly unreliable” in a 2009 National Academy of Science report on forensic science, titled, “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward,” the Innocence Project said in a statement. FBI overstated ...
 
June 14, 2013
NC Crime Lab Wins International Seal of Approval
News & Observer
“As recommended by the National Academy of Sciences in 2009, in order to avoid unintentional human bias, forensic labs should be independent in testing and reporting, as well as in culture,” Mumma said. Mumma also called on the SBI to fulfill its 2011...

July 18, 2013
Flawed Evidence Under a Microscope
Wall Street Journal[requires subscription]
Pressure from activists and media exposés of flawed forensic practices led Congress in 2005 to commission a report by the National Academy of Sciences. Published in 2009, it concluded that besides DNA analysis, "no forensic method has been rigorously shown to have the capacity to consistently, and with a high degree of certainty, demonstrate a connection between evidence and a specific individual or source."

July 18, 2013
Officials to review flawed FBI hair analysis in criminal cases

Richmond Times Dispatch
Deemed unreliable in 2009 by the National Academy of Science, microscopic hair comparison analysis was routinely used by prosecutors in the years before DNA testing, to link a defendant to a crime. Gail Jaspen, chief deputy director of the Virginia...

July 18, 2013
Justice Will Review Two Dozen Capital Cases Due to Flawed FBI Testimony
The Atlantic Wire
The practice was deemed “highly unreliable” in the 2009 National Academy of Science report on forensic science, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward. As part of the agreement announced today, the agencies acknowledge...

July 18, 2013
Frontline

PBS/Public Broadcasting Service
Bergman: Judge Edwards was a primary author of the National Academy of Sciences report. When you saw forensic science, did...

May 22, 2013
A Presumption of Guilt
Afro American
New research from the National Academy of Science proved there was no evidence of arson in the fire. Wrongly convicted, Taylor was finally released-42 years later. For nearly 50 years, starting in the 1920s, the population of U.S. prisons was around...

May 8, 2013
High Court Issues Stay of Execution for Manning
Jackson Clarion Ledger
After conversing with expert witnesses at our Crime Lab, it is clear that FBI experts and experts in all states used more conclusive language in their testimony up until around the time the 2009 National Academy of Science report was issued on forensics…

April 18, 2013
Engineer Working to Put More Science behind Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Science Daily (press release)
As evidence, Attinger cites a 2009 report published by the National Research Council, "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward." "Scientific studies support some aspects of bloodstain pattern analysis," the report says. "One ...  

April 2, 2013
Advances in Science of Fire Free a Convict after 42 Years
New York Times
A few years ago, the National Academy of Sciences turned its attention to the misuse of science in courtrooms, saying that pseudoscientific theories had been used to convict people of crimes they may not have committed…

March 28, 2013
Latent Fingerprint Interoperability Survey
NIJ.gov
NIJ has funded the Latent Fingerprint Interoperability Survey (LFIOS), the only comprehensive effort to provide a way to establish the level of interoperability of automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) maintained by state and local law enforcement agencies…

March 5, 2013
DC Forensic Sciences Department Facing Transition Challenges
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)
The department and lab were designed to make forensic testing independent of law enforcement, a key recommendation of a 2009 report on forensic science by the National Research Council of the National Academies. During the oversight hearing on... 

February 21, 2013
New Commission to Set Standards for Troubled Forensic Sciences
Popular Science
The National Research Council report suggested the U.S. form a national institute just for forensic science. The new commission will perform many of the functions the research council suggested. The commission will have about 30 people, including...  

February 15, 2013
U.S. to Commit Scientists and New Commission to Fix Forensic Science
Washington Post
...The announcement marked the broadest federal commitment to establishing national forensic science standards since the rise of the FBI Laboratory during the last century. It comes four years after the National Academy of Sciences urged...

February 14, 2013
IU's Kafadar Takes Ongoing Effort to Improve 'Science' of Forensic Science to AAAS Annual Meeting
Indiana University
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Such was the synopsis on the state of forensic science -- fingerprint and bullet analysis, hair and fiber evidence, blood stain and tire track analysis -- from a 2009 report from the National Academies of Science that Indiana...

February 12, 2013
Too Much Information
Slate Magazine: Reprinted North Jefferson News, Morehead News, Valley News
A 2009 National Academy of Science report criticized the current lack of quality control in the forensic testing system. But improvement seems less likely if crime labs are inundated with DNA from arrestees. The FBI has also opposed confidential...

February 6, 2013
Drug Lab Scandal: The Massive Failures Of Many Collided In A Perfect Storm
WBUR
In 2009, the National Academy of Science (NAS) issued a sweeping critique of the nation's crime labs. Forensic scientists working for law enforcement agencies "sometimes face pressure to sacrifice appropriate methodology for the sake of expediency...

January 14, 2013
The Unsettling, Underregulated World of Crime Labs
Slate Magazine
According to a 2009 report from the National Research Council: There is no uniformity in the certification of forensic practitioners, or in the accreditation of crime...

January 13, 2013
Flawed Forensic Work
New York Times
That is the major reason the National Research Council in a February 2009 report strongly recommended that forensic scientific facilities and personnel not be...

 

November 27, 2012
D.C. Crime Lab: An Experiment in Forensic Science (Second of Two Parts)
Stateline
A report issued by the National Academy of Sciences in 2009 questioned the entire underpinning of many established forensic science techniques. While morale in the field is generally low, D.C. is aiming high. Its Department of Forensic Science, the ... 

November 17, 2012
Blood and Circus
Colorado Springs Independent
In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences called for serious reform to the field, stating that "Forensic science facilities exhibit wide variability in capacity...

October 18, 2012
Why Forensic Science is Failing Us - and Why Tonight's NOVA Documentary doesn't Quite Cut It
Boing Boing
In 2009, the National Academies of Science published a massive report on forensics. For many Americans, forensics is possibly the most familiar of all the sciences. It's the one we welcome into our living rooms every night, along with TV crime dramas ...

August 23, 2012
More Science Needed for Forensic Investigations
Scientific American
Complaints about the unreliability of some scientific evidence used in courts worldwide are long-standing, and a 2009 report by the US National Research Council called for major reforms to the US forensic-science system, including better... 

July 16, 2012
The Dark Side of Forensic Science
The Washington Post
As the National Academy of Sciences recommended in a 2009 report to Congress: "Research is needed to address issues of accuracy, reliability, and validity in the forensic science disciplines."...

July 10, 2012
Justice Dept., FBI to Review Use of Forensic Evidence in Thousands of Cases
The Washington Post
The review comes as the National Academy of Sciences is urging the White House and Congress to remove crime labs from police and prosecutors' control, or at least to strengthen the science and standards underpinning the nation's forensic science system...

May 18, 2012
Justice Department Should 'Step Up' on Flawed Forensic Evidence
Huffington Post
In addition, Congress must act to address the concerns raised by the National Academy of Sciences about the integrity and reliability of forensic evidence. The American people have a right to expect that the forensic scientists on whom federal...

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