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Andrew Sulner & Barry Scheck to Co-Chair Bias in Forensics Workshop at 2014 Annual Meeting of AAFS

Board of Forensic Document Examiners VP Andrew Sulner and Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck Headline a Distinguished Panel of Experts Describing and Illustrating How Cognitive and Motivational Bias Can Improperly Influence Forensic Decision-Making, Sway Expert Testimony, and Lead to Wrongful Convictions and Miscarriages of Justice in Civil Cases

PRLog - Feb. 12, 2014 - NEW YORK -- “Unfortunately, the ‘CSI Effect’ gives the public a somewhat illusory impression of how our criminal justice system really works; in reality, it’s not as difficult as people may think for someone to be wrongfully convicted, and the innocent are not always exonerated and set free,” says former prosecutor and internationally renowned forensic document examiner Andrew Sulner.

2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations in the United States, according to statistics compiled by the National Registry of Exonerations.

For a recent example, we need to look no further than last week’s case in New York, when Antonio Yarbough and Sharrif Wilson were exonerated for a triple murder after spending 22 years in prison.

At least 87 people were set free for crimes they did not commit last year, the highest number since researchers began keeping track more than 20 years ago.

During the full-day workshop held Monday, February 17, 2014 at the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) in Seattle, Washington, Andrew Sulner, Barry Scheck, and other distinguished experts will provide attendees with concrete examples and a clear picture of how cognitive and motivational bias can affect the outcome of forensic investigations and lead to miscarriages of justice in both criminal and civil cases, and how lawyers can exclude or impeach expert testimony that may have been tainted by bias.

For a detailed description of the Bias in Forensics Workshop click here

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Board of Forensic Document Examiners (BFDE)
+1-212-794-0004
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