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April, 2015



Junk Science?

For the layperson how much of our understanding of forensic science is shaped by entertainment? In a sixty-minute television episode, a forensic investigator examines a gruesome crime scene; finds a pivotal piece of evidence; expertly analyzes the evidence in a state-of-the-art lab; pieces together the clues for a decisive resolution to the crime by episode’s end.

But in the words of The Atlantic, CSI is a lie.

This week the Washington Post ran a devastating story covering massive incompetence and outright deception by the FBI’s forensic unit over a two-decade period. At the heart of the report is the revelation that forensic experts gave flawed testimony in 268 trials, some of which were death penalty trials that led to executions. In Tennessee, sixteen state defendants were affected by the testimony, including four who are currently on death row. This is not to say that all of those imprisoned are innocent, rather that flawed forensic testimony aided the prosecution’s case against them. There have been, however, four defendants who have been exonerated. The fact remains that unreliability of some forensics practices has come under tremendous scrutiny, as often reported by journalists like Radley Balko evidenced by his most recent article.

This week’s news is just one more glaring piece of evidence that the death penalty system cannot be fixed, relying on unreliable components that are subject to human error.

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Death Penalty Controversy Not Going Away in Tennessee

Something happened while the legislature wrestled over Insure TN and the latest piece of gun legislation–a Tennessee Republican joined Democrats in sponsoring a bill to repeal the death penalty.

Now to be clear, Representative Jeremy Faison is a death penalty supporter. However, one of his constituents is Ray Krone, the 100th man exonerated in this country after spending years in prison and on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Representative Faison, though not ready to repeal the death penalty, does believe that the death penalty statute in Tennessee is too broad and is concerned about the kind of evidence that it currently takes for someone to end up on death row. He joined in sponsoring this bill in order to begin a conversation about ways to address these concerns, and for that, we are grateful.

Still, we know that all the tweaking in the world will not “fix” the death penalty system. Other states have tried and failed and finally repealed the death penalty. Even as I write this blog, an effort to repeal Nebraska’s death penalty (an effort led by a majority of Republicans), is as close as it has ever been to succeeding. The issue for many of these Nebraska Republicans is not whether or not the death penalty is justifiable in some cases, as many of them believe that it is. The issue is instead whether or not the state can carry out executions in a just, fiscally responsible way with 100% accuracy every time. And these legislators are now convinced that it can’t. We have some convincing to do in Tennessee as well.

 

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