DNA Expert Witnesses Trump Eye Witnesses

In Exoneration Using DNA Brings Change in Legal System, New York Times Solomon Moore discusses how misidentification by witnesses has led to wrongful convictions and how that is changing with DNA evidence. Lt. Kenneth A. Patenaude, criminalistics expert witness and police commander in Northampton, Mass., states “It’s become clear that eyewitnesses are fallible.” “Technology has made a big difference,” said Margaret Berger, a DNA expert witness and member of the National Academy of Sciences panel that is looking into the changing needs of forensic scientists. “We see that there are new techniques for ascertaining the truth.”
To read more, go to Moore’s article.


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