Today I’ll be giving a talk on Failed Evidence at the University of Houston Law Center, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, 77004, at noon in room BLB 240. The talk is free and open to the public. I’ll be discussing the book and my thoughts about how we can move toward a future in which the existing scientific work on eyewitness identification, interrogation of suspects, and basic (i.e., non-DNA) forensics will make for better, more accurate investigation and prosecution of crime. I’ll be speaking to law students, faculty, members of the university community, attorneys, and interested members of the public.
Details on the event are here.
Houston is a particularly interesting place to have this discussion. Over the past ten years, the crime lab in Houston has had repeated problems. After all of this, the authorities decided to try something they had not done before: they are removing the crime lab from the jurisdiction of law enforcement and putting it under the control of an independent body, the Houston Forensic Science Local Government Corporation. I wrote about this in an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle on Saturday, which you can see here. This move puts Houston’s efforts to deal with forensic reform ahead of the curve, and implements one of the main recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences 2009 report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the U.S.: A Path Forward.