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What If Forensic Science Isn’t Really Science?
Topic Started: Feb 11 2018, 07:57 PM (87 Views)
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What If Forensic Science Isn’t Really Science?

Forensic science — the kind that traces the grooves in bullets, the mark of a shoe, or the scrape of a tool — emerged in the early 20th century as a way to professionalize police work. But once its findings made their way into the court system, it became almost impossible to divide the good forensic science from the bad.

In an in-depth feature for The Nation, Meehan Christ and Tim Requarth look at the case of Jimmy Genrich, who was found guilty of a series of pipe bombings in the early 1990s after forensic evidence linked tools found in his apartment with markings on the bombs.

The evidence was circumstantial — Genrich was nowhere near the scene of the crime — and while the forensics specialist was able to show that the tools Genrich had in his possession could have made the marks, he was unable to show that similar tools would make the same marks. “Holy s**t, this is not science,” remembers Genrich’s lawyer. “It’s like voodoo.”

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I say that big talk's worth doodly-squat
It's kinda like carbon datin, you don't really know what kind of environmental impact there is from sittin in a tar pit or under the water for 1000 years or a 100,000 years!!! Did a flood, a sinkhole, a forest fire, a dust storm, an earthquake, a solar storm or an asteroid impact move the artifacts further into another layer of time, or alter the absorption and decay of carbon 14???
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George Aligator
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Forensics are good but they aren't perfect. Prosecutors today complain that juries used to TV crime shows expect an airtight, easy-to-understand scientific case and won't convict without it. This puts a lot pressure on the prosecution to put on a TV-type case. This sometimes calls for a bit exaggeration and shading of the facts.
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