In recent years, the battle over “junk science” used in wrongful convictions has accelerated. For example, the Innocence Project at the Cardozo School of Law in New York City found that forensic evidence was misused in nearly half of the 350 cases in which DNA was used to help exonerate wrongly convicted defendants.
The experienced state and federal criminal lawyers of Schwartz & Posnock have been challenging the government’s forensic evidence and winning acquittals for our clients in science based prosecutions for over 30 years.
The United States Justice Department is attempting to rebuild faltering confidence in forensic science and how its experts describe their findings in court. The Justice Department has created an internal team, led by a former state prosecutor, to monitor the accuracy of forensic testimony in criminal cases.
The Justice Department will now establish a forensic science working group which will set uniform standards for how experts testify about such evidence. Further, it will create a program to monitor the accuracy of forensic testimony. The group will also conduct a broad look at the personnel and equipment needs of the nation’s overburdened crime labs.
Schwartz & Posnock has handled Federal and State white collar and general criminal cases throughout the Federal Courts of New Jersey, located in Newark, Trenton, and Camden, as well as the Superior Courts throughout the State of New Jersey, for over thirty years. We have a proven track record of excellent results for our clients. Please contact us in any one of our convenient locations, including our Monmouth County office, located in Eatontown (at the Jersey Shore), our Essex County office, located in Livingston, our Union County office, located in Linden, or our Middlesex County office, located in East Brunswick, to discuss your case. You may call the experienced criminal defense attorneys of Schwartz & Posnock at 732-544-1460 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.