NIST and the FBI Laboratory invite you to the second International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, on July 24-27, 2017.
Featuring our track on Legal Factors: Good lawyering and good scientific analysis of physical evidence share some things in common but objectivity is not one of them. Good scientist present conclusions in court based on objective facts they determine from scientifically valid protocols. Lawyers sum up those facts and their job is to influence the jury through advocacy. The intersection of science and the law presents challenges. Questions arise about admissibility, disclosure and defining limitations in reporting and expert testimony. Lawyers and scientists don't always agree how to proceed. Ramification of forensic science evidence in criminal proceedings – ethical and unethical expert testimony and lawyer conduct can impact appellate review. What can we learn from recent appellate rulings to improve forensic science practice and the law?
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