The American Chemical Society’s Chemistry and the Law Division and its Forensic Science Co-Chairmen, Justin McShane, Esq. of Harrisburg, PA and Josh D. Lee, Esq. of Vinita, OK, are proud to announce a full-day presentation on the work of the Innocence Project.
Forensic Science often plays a tragic role in the conviction and wrongful imprisonment of innocent people. In some cases it has even lead to wrongful executions.
There have been 297 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States.
• The first DNA exoneration took place in 1989. Exonerations have been won in 36 states; since 2000, there have been 230 exonerations.
• 17 of the 297 people exonerated through DNA served time on death row. Another 15 were charged with capital crimes but not sentenced to death.
• The average length of time served by exonerees is 13 years. The total number of years served is approximately 3,944.
• The average age of exonerees at the time of their wrongful convictions was 27.
The Innocence Project fights against bad forensic science. (Regular readers of this blog will note that we have blogged on this issue in the past. Please see: Problems with Forensic Labs.
One example of bad forensics is the use and misplaced belief in unsubstantiated forms of forensic science like bite mark analysis and microscopic hair matching. These methods are unproven and have been known to lead to a number of wrongful convictions like in the cases of Ray Krone, Raymond Santana, Steven Barnes and many, many more.
This presentation will tell the first hand story of innocence and the causes and effects of faulty forensic science used in today’s courtrooms.
For more on the seminar please see the video below and Download the flyer.
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