Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Jurist-in-Residence Lectureship in Legal Ethics
Thursday, September 19, 2019
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, will speak on “bad forensic science” as part of the Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Jurist-in-Residence Lecture series. Judge Rakoff’s keynote address is titled: “Why Judges Admit Bad Forensic Science — And What Can Be Done About It.” He notes that such questionable evidence as bite-mark and hair comparisons, arson analyses and similar findings have been admitted in more than 40 percent of cases in which innocent people have been wrongly convicted. His lecture will explore the weaknesses of such “bad” evidence, why courts continue to admit it and what needs to be done to end the practice. RSVP today.