Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Index to Comments and Cases Discussing the PCAST Report on Forensic Science

The page lists discussions of the PCAST Report and its addendum on this blog as well as some academic literature on it and court opinions that discuss the report. I expect to update the list periodically.

Forensic Science, Statistics & the Law
Academic Journals and Books
  • I.W. Evett, C.E.H. Berger, J.S. Buckleton, C. Champod, G. Jackson, Finding the Way Forward for Forensic Science in the US—A Commentary on the PCAST Report, 278 Forensic Sci. Int'l 16-23 (2017), https://t.co/A7y7Qy6dRn
  • David L. Faigman et al., 1 Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony x (2016-2017) ("[C]ourts have largely ignored the virtually consensus opinion of mainstream academic scientists that much of the forensic expertise routinely admitted in courts today is unsound. The latest statement of this consensus view came in September, 2016, in a lengthy and carefully reasoned report by The President's Council of  Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).")
  • Eric S. Lander, Response to the ANZFSS Council Statement on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report, Australian J. Forensic Sci. (2017), DOI: 10.1080/00450618.2017.1304992
  • Geoffrey Stewart Morrison, David H. Kaye, David J. Balding, et al., A Comment on the PCAST Report: Skip the 'Match'/'Non-Match' Stage, 272 Forensic Sci. Int'l e7-e9 (2017), http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2016.10.018. Accepted manuscript available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2860440
  • Adam B. Shniderman, Prosecutors Respond to Calls for Forensic Science Reform: More Sharks in Dirty Water, 126 Yale L.J. F. 348 (2017), http://www.yalelawjournal.org/forum/prosecutors-respond-to-calls-for-forensic-science-reform
Professional Periodicals
  • Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr., Another Harsh Spotlight on Forensic Sciences, Judges' J. Winter, 2017, at 36 ("The report's conclusion is clear that the accuracy of many forensic feature-comparison methods has been assumed rather than scientifically established on empirical evidence. ... PCAST expects, partly based on the strength of its evaluations of scientific validity in this report, that some forensic feature-comparison methods may be determined inadmissible because they lack adequate evidence of scientific validity.")
  • Donna Lee Elm, Continued Challenge for Forensics: The PCAST Report, Crim. Just., Summ. 2017, at 4-8.
  • Norman L. Reimer, Two New Tools to Include in a Cutting-Edge Defense Toolkit, NACDL's Champion, Nov. 2016, at 9-10 ("[T]he PCAST report was not greeted with great glee by the Department of Justice or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ... So this report will by no means change practices overnight. But that is all the more reason why the defense bar should up its game when confronting questionable forensic evidence. The PCAST report will be a big help in that effort.").
  • Jack D. Roady, The PCAST Report: A Review and Moving Forward—A Prosecutor's Perspective, Crim. Just., Summ. 2017, at 8-14, 39.
  • Eric Alexander Vos, Using the PCAST Report to Exclude, Limit, or Minimize Experts, Crim. Just., Summ. 2017, at 15-19.
Federal Cases
  • United States v. Chester, No. 13 CR 00774 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 7, 2016), noted, The First Opinion To Discuss the PCAST Report, Forensic Sci., Stat. & L., Oct. 20, 2016, Forensic Sci., Stat. & L., Feb. 3, 2017, http://for-sci-law.blogspot.com/2017/02/connecticut-trial-court-deems-pcast.html
State and Washington DC Cases
Other

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