Forensic Evidence Isn’t As Reliable As You Might Think

…“It’s the kind of gross overstatement that we know leads to unreliable convictions: saying that fingerprint evidence is infallible, that a match is an indisputable thing like a bar code,” she told ThinkProgress. “Examiners are trained to not give that type of testimony because of the risk of producing unreliable convictions, but we see that time and time again. Where men and women are wrongfully convicted, the examiners’ statements are over the top in terms of their reliability and their confidence level.”

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