Evaluating Law Enforcement and Forensic Science Cultures in the Context of Examiner Misconduct
- Brent Turvey, Forensic Solutions LLC, Sitka, AK, USA
Unvalidated or improper forensic science is a leading cause of wrongful convictions. In more than 50% of the DNA exonerations nationwide, unvalidated or improper forensic science contributed to the underlying wrongful conviction.
These problems include forensic techniques that have not been subjected to rigorous scientific evaluation (such as hair microscopy, bite mark comparisons, firearm tool mark analysis and shoe print comparisons); testing that is improperly conducted or analysis that is not accurate (regardless of whether the forensic technique involved is validated); and forensic misconduct (such as fabricated test results and misleading testimony).
Forensic Fraud is written by a forensic scientist for the forensic science community, rather than by legal scholars or practitioners, as has been the trend.
AudienceForensic science professionals, legal practitioners, laboratory supervisors, forensic science students and academicians
- Published: May 2013
- Imprint: ACADEMIC PRESS
- ISBN: 978-0-12-408073-7
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 â Introduction
Chapter 2 â Forensic Fraud & Occupational Fraud
Chapter 3 â Forensic Science: A Primer
Chapter 4 â Fraud and Law Enforcement Culture
Chapter 5 â Fraud and Scientific Culture
Chapter 6 â Scientific Integrity & Law Enforcement Culture: A Contrast
Chapter 7 â Forensic Fraud: Research Efforts to Date
Chapter 8 â Forensic Fraud, 2000-2010: A Study
Chapter 9 â Multivariate Analysis of Forensic Fraud Cases
Chapter 10 â Conclusions and Recommendations
Chapter 11 â Recent Scandals (2011-2012): An Update and Discussion