Forensic Science Reform

Forensic Science Reform

Protecting the Innocent

1st Edition - December 16, 2016

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  • Editors: Wendy Koen, C. Michael Bowers
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128027196
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128027387

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Forensic Science Reform: Protecting the Innocent is written for the nonscientist to help make complicated scientific information clear and concise enough for attorneys and judges to master. This volume covers physical forensic science, namely arson, shaken baby syndrome, non-accidental trauma, bite marks, DNA, ballistics, comparative bullet lead analysis, fingerprint analysis, and hair and fiber analysis, and contains valuable contributions from leading experts in the field of forensic science.

Key Features

  • Offers training for prosecuting attorneys on the present state of the forensic sciences in order to avoid reliance on legal precedent that lags decades behind the science
  • Provides defense attorneys the knowledge to defend their clients against flawed science
  • Arms innocence projects and appellate attorneys with the latest information to challenge convictions that were obtained using faulty science
  • Uses science-specific case studies to simplify issues in forensic science for the legal professional
  • Offers a detailed overview of both the failures and progress made in the forensic sciences, making the volume ideal for law school courses covering wrongful convictions, or for undergraduate courses on law, legal ethics, or forensics


Criminal court judges and attorneys, legal professionals, as well as forensic science and law students worldwide

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Compositional Bullet Lead Analysis

    • Case Study: James Otto Earhart
    • Exquisite Measurements, Erroneous Inferences: Compositional Bullet Lead Analysis

    Chapter 2. Microscopic Hair Comparison

    • Case Studies: Colin Campbell Ross and James Driskell
    • Is Microscopic Hair Comparison a Legitimate Science?

    Chapter 3. Arson

    • Case Study: Cameron Todd Willingham
    • Confronting Inaccuracy in Fire Cause Determinations

    Chapter 4. Shaken Baby Syndrome

    • Case Study: Ken Marsh
    • Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma

    Chapter 5. Bite Mark Evidence

    • Case Study: Ray Krone in His Own Words
    • Bite Mark Evidence

    Chapter 6. Firearms Identification

    • Case Study: Anthony Hinton
    • Firearms Identification Evidence: Emerging Themes From Recent Criticism, Research, and Case Law

    Chapter 7. DNA Evidence

    • Case Study: Amanda Knox
    • Essential Elements of a Critical Review of DNA Evidence
    • Appendix: Model Discovery Request Language for Biological Testing (Including DNA)

    Chapter 8. Presumptive and Confirmatory Blood Testing

    • Case Study: Lindy Chamberlain
    • Presumptive and Confirmatory Blood Testing

    Chapter 9. Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

    • Case Study: David Camm
    • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

    Chapter 10. Crime Scene Reconstruction

    • Faulty Crime Scene Reconstruction: Glenn Ford
    • Crime Scene Reconstruction

    Chapter 11. Fingerprints

    • Case Study: Brandon Mayfield
    • The Fingerprint Expert: Do You Really Have One?

Product details

  • No. of pages: 392
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: December 16, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128027196
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128027387

About the Editors

Wendy Koen

Wendy J. Koen is currently in private practice in Southern California. Formerly with the California Innocence Project, Ms. Koen has been part of litigation teams that successfully represented many clients in wrongful conviction cases, including the successful exoneration of Timothy Atkins, Daniel Larsen, and William Richards. In addition, Attorney Koen’s work was instrumental in changes to California’s law concerning false expert evidence, and the inception of California Penal Code Section 1473 (e)(1), giving those convicted by faulty science a clear avenue for relief.

Affiliations and Expertise

Habeas Attorney, San Diego, CA, USA

C. Michael Bowers

C. Michael Bowers
C. Michael Bowers is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. He is also the Deputy Medical Examiner in Ventura, California. Dr. Bowers is a practicing forensic dentist and consultant who has testified and worked on hundreds of cases where dental evidence has been involved. He is a former Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology, a Senior Crime Scene Analyst for the International Association for Identification (IAI) and has written other articles, chapters and books on forensic dentistry. He owns and operates his own dental practice in Ventura, CA.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Clinical Professor, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Deputy Medical Examiner, Ventura, CA, USA

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