False or Misleading Forensic Evidence


Definition

A forensic analyst or other forensic expert presented evidence that was either (1) based on unreliable or unproven methods, (2) expressed with exaggerated and misleading confidence, or (3) fraudulent.

NAS forensics report

Case Examples

Remedies

Federal and state commissions should be established to address issues including accreditation, training, testing standards, the independence of scientific testing, and the collection, preservation and chain of custody of evidence.

Rigorous examination by both the state and defense attorneys of forensic experts concerning testing technique and testimony.