Dean Jennifer Mnookin Co-Authors Op-Ed in Washington Post on Junk Science in Courtrooms

Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin co-authored an op-ed in The Washington Post that addresses increasing evidence that certain types of “forensic-feature comparison methods” presented in courtrooms may be not be reliable as forms of legal proof. 

“This week, a significant report issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) persuasively explains that expert evidence based on a number of forensic methods — such as bite mark analysis, firearms identification, footwear analysis and microscopic hair comparisons — lacks adequate scientific validation. Quite simply, these techniques have not yet been proved to be reliable forms of legal proof,” wrote Dean Mnookin.

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