Justice Dept. seeks standards for forensic testimony
Washington — The Justice Department is reviving work to develop federal standards for what forensics experts can say in court.
Department leaders wanted standards after revelations in 2015 that FBI hair examiners had overstated the strength of their evidence in many cases dating back decades. But their work stalled earlier this year.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Monday it will resume. And he says the department will create a program to monitor the accuracy of courtroom testimony by forensic examiners.
In prepared remarks to the world’s largest forensic organization in Atlanta, Rosenstein says that process “will ensure that all examiners give testimony consistent with scientific principles.”
The future of the Justice Department’s work on forensic sciences has been in question since April, when an Obama-era partnership with independent scientists expired.
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