DNA Evidence in the Criminal Justice System
Posted on November 28, 2016
DNA evidence is increasingly sending innocent people to jail. There are four problems with it.
1. Juries nearly always accept it uncritically.
2. It is being used for increasingly tiny cell samples that may have DNA mixed from several people, and there are no accepted standards on how to do that.
3. There is a proliferation of so-called experts and so-called scientific labs that are not very good.
4. The defendant is unlikely to prevail against DNA errors unless they hire a very good attorney plus very good experts of his own, meaning that only the rich can afford what we in the US playfully refer to as “justice.”