Dr. David Benjamin is a world renowned clinical pharmacologist and forensic toxicologist. Consequently, he has substantial experience involving forensic evidence and “expert” testimony. He recently gave a presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting in the Jurisprudence Section focused on Brady violations from a forensic perspective.
There is a mountain of material contained in the presentation, including some specific recommendations for how to combat and counter Brady violations involving forensic evidence and expert testimony.
If you would like to investigate this further, you can contact Dr. Benjamin through his website, and request a copy of the presentation by e’mail.
This comment by an “insider” describes the reality of the system, which is an industry replacing manufacturing in America.
Elizabeth A. Benedetto | February 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm
“Yes, it is very true politics is a cause of wrongful “prosecutions.” But whether elected or appointed, the prosecutor’s position mandates that he act on behalf of his state…. and so he does, however necessary — as do all other cohorts, agents, and employees of the state (and cronies therein). It is down-right silly and naïve to believe that an ambitious, corrupt, depraved, self-serving prosecutor could possibly wield THAT much power and convict completely innocent American citizens (and scores of them, yet… year after year) without the cooperation and teamwork of his co-workers (i.e., other state employees, agents, assigns, and agencies — e.g., judges, assigned public pretenders, court-appointed agents, doctors, sheriffs, police, investigators, court reporters, corrections officers, bailiffs, clerks, hospitals, jails, et al, etc.). Private lawyers (and bar associations) are equally maniacal in their self-serving, self-governing business dealings. It’s no wonder approximately ninety-five percent (95%) of people “accused” of crimes plea out. They are coerced. Can you imagine if the states and attorneys had to do an honest day’s work for even one (1) case?! It’s not efficient. It’s not economical. It’s not practical. It’s bad business for them. Too much work. Too many cases. Too costly. Too labor intensive. So why bother… when they don’t have to? No oversight. No accountability. No consequences. And the communities?! The victims, their families?! They’ve just been duped and have no clue.”
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Reblogged this on FORENSICS in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends and commented:
Download the .pdf copy of this presentation from #AAFS2015. It is extraordinary!
Another related post by Radley Balko @radleybalko ·
“Just in: The AAFS board of directors has dismissed the ethics complaint against csidds that I mentioned here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/02/13/how-the-flawed-science-of-bite-mark-analysis-has-sent-innocent-people-to-jail/ …
Comment: Much thanks to the AAFS executive Board of Directors.
“I am pleased that the AAFS Board of Directors looked very carefully at what was presented and decided not to pursue this matter against me any further. I look forward to continuing my work as an forensic expert witness and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.”
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The defense costs to achieve this finding of innocence approached $250,000. So, this boils down to another failed attempt to muzzle forensic reform. I hope this never happens to anyone else. Thanks to all my friends who supported me and my family through this process. Plus an incredible thank you to the NY Innocence Project and the Chicago-based office of Jenner and Block who VERY generously represented me. Jenner and Block attorneys: Partner Gabriel Fuentes and Ramon Villapondo. IP attorney, Chris Fabricant: Director of its Strategic Litigation unit.