This session will address how to effectively challenge the lack of a scientific basis of "forensic" evidence presented in cases involving firearms/toolmark identification in light of the recent findings in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Report. Arguments to repudiate claims that firearms produce unique markings on bullets/casings, lack of standards for identifying so-called individual markings, lack of statistical basis for declarations of a match between a gun and bullet, and prejudice from unsupported "expert" testimony will be presented.
These presentations were recorded August 18-19, 2011, during the Multi-Track Seminar in Seattle, Washington.
The seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2011 in Seattle were: 1) Immigration with a focus on Padilla 2) Sentencing in a post-Bookerworld; 3) Experts, Forensics & Science; 4) Computer Crimes and Handling of Electronic Discovery; and 5) Drugs, Guns and Money. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. Those sessions were presented on Thursday, August 18, 2011 and then repeated on Friday, August 19, 2011. This design provided seminar participants the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks that took place on Thursday and Friday.
On Saturday, August 20, 2011, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Drugs, Guns & Money. These Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners. Each session was presented twice so that attendees were able to attend at least two areas of interest.
The following Multi-Track presentations were recorded and are available for viewing:
August 18, 2011
Defender Services Office Training Division
This Seminar is presented free of charge.