Professor Michael Saks was quoted in an article in the Feb. 19 edition of The Arizona Republic about a new federal report that recommends a major overhaul of the U.S. forensic science system.
In reporter Dennis Wagner's article, "National agency sought for forensic sciences," Saks said false and misleading forensic testimony is a major cause of wrongful persecutions. "I cannot imagine police or anyone in the crime lab wants to take innocent persons and frame them or lock them up. They just don't want to let an evildoer get away," Saks told Wagner. "There's a certain amount of pressure to be a team player, to not mess up the case."
Wagner also mentioned the work the Arizona Justice Project, housed in the College of Law, has done to fight wrongful convictions, and the upcoming forensic science conference that is being hosted by the College.
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