Beyond Errors: The Importance of a Multi-Disciplinary Approach in Large-Scale Forensic Audits and Litigation

Location: Nautilus 2
Date: Sat, March 25
Time: 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Large-scale forensic audits can provide a wealth of data not only on analyst testimony in court, but also on the role cognitive bias might play in the testing process. Based on a review of microscopic hair comparison cases underway at the Midwest Innocence Project, this panel will discuss large scale forensic reviews, how to develop partnerships, the importance of a multidisciplinary and scientific approach, and how results will inform forensic science and future litigation of innocence claims. As we learn more about the gaps between hard science and forensic analysis in feature comparison disciplines  such as tire track impressions, finger prints, and hair microscopy, it is more important than ever to research the role that human factors play in subjective forensic disciplines.

201: Intermediate