Too often, evidence is presented and not properly challenged. Here’s what one group is doing to fight that. Author John Grisham laments bad courtroom science
From lying about your qualifications as an expert witness on the stand to stealing drugs and money from the evidence vault; from not reporting your lab tests results that exonerate a defendant to having rodent infestation in your laboratory, lapses in ethics and judgment of forensic scientists make the news when they happen because people’s freedoms are at stake. Every time one of these incidents is reported, it makes everyone in the field subject to more scrutiny. And as a forensic scientist, I have no problem with that.