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Iain McKie

Forensics in Crisis

An interesting BBC 4 series of programmes can be heard at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05s2x2h

The issues outlined prove why we need to find a better way of collecting, analysing and presenting forensic evidence. Unfortunately our courts fail to recognise the growing fallibility of such evidence.
Big Wullie

Re: Forensics in Crisis

Iain McKie wrote:
An interesting BBC 4 series of programmes can be heard at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05s2x2h

The issues outlined prove why we need to find a better way of collecting, analysing and presenting forensic evidence. Unfortunately our courts fail to recognise the growing fallibility of such evidence.


It is not just the way they gather forensics that needs an overhaul Iain.

When we look at Gage V HMA the way the police obtained the Identification Evidence was leading and Suggestive.

Given appeal courts were set up on the back of this type of evidence it is alarming Scotland does not recognise any problems with this type of evidence.

Hearsay in the Nat Fraser case was also shocking with witnesses also being allowed to change signed statements, committing perjury.

But then again Nat Frasers retrial was very political.

Given that his case resulted in a retrial one would think all the evidence crown had would have been released to his defence.

I can assure it was not the case.

Non disclosure is such a massive issue with crown and the courts allowing evidence to remain hidden that could possibly free someone.

Despite Holland & Sinclair 2005 people are not afforded equality of arms but crown want to know every scrap of evidence the defence has but keep theirs hidden.

Not exactly equality of arms in my view.
Iain McKie

Forensic scientist Niamh Nic Daeid outlines her concerns about the use of forensic evidence for court.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02x76cq
Iain McKie

Quote:
'Forensic psychologists and psychiatrists who testify in court tend to slant their findings based on who hired them, according to a new study released this week.......“Every professional who works in the justice system really does need to be attuned towards this pull towards allegiance. This is probably universal for any profession that’s asked to do their work for one side or the other.”'

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/fro...-juries-rely-on-forensic-experts/

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