Advanced Forensic Science Litigation

Location: Piedmont 2
Date: Sat, April 13
Time: 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Forensic science-based innocence claims are more common and complex than ever. This session will feature seasoned Network litigators who will discuss (1) leveraging change in science standards to litigate key shifts in arson fire science and legal avenues to reinstitute the presumption of innocence, (2) guidance on litigating complex medical evidence from broad concepts (e.g. Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma, Medical Child Abuse, unexplained injury) to specific unfounded statements (e.g. time of death or injury determinations without proper support), and (3) provide an overview of accreditation standards for state crime labs and how to leverage those standards as tools to import ethical rules and the duty to correct errors or misleading testimony by forensic experts. Given the evolution of forensic science litigation, this evidence will provide attendees with new strategies and tools for post-conviction innocence cases.