Since the publication of the NAS report in 2009, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, prosecutors and the forensic science community have “circled the wagons,” and have been pushing back mightily. Acceptance and adoption by the courts has been spotty at best. So where do things stand today?
The (US) National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) issues a bi-monthly publication called “The Champion.” In the January/February issue there is an article titled “A Path Forward: Where Are We Now?” This includes the author’s (Jennifer Friedman) perspective on the situation, along with some practical pointers for defense attorneys in using the NAS report in their case strategies.
This issue of The Champion is not yet available on the NACDL website (www.nacdl.org), so I include the article here: