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Regulating the Science of Forensic Evidence: A Broken System Requires a New Federal Agency

10 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2012 Last revised: 18 Mar 2012

Jessica D. Gabel

Georgia State University - College of Law

Ashley D. Champion

Georgia State University, School of Law, Students

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Professor Gabel and Ms. Champion agree with Mr. Goldstein's argument that serious validity and reliability problems plague forensic science, but, using the recent Troy Davis case in Georgia as an illustration, they argue for federal rather than state oversight. Gabel and Champion assert that many states lack the funding to construct an adequate system and that the fragmentation caused by different state systems would be a significant impediment to reform. They suggest a federal agency that, like the Environmental Protection Agency, would set minimum standards but allow states to experiment with enhanced regulation.

Keywords: administrative law, regulation, forensics, forensic science, criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence

JEL Classification: K14, K40, K41

Suggested Citation

Gabel, Jessica D. and Champion, Ashley D., Regulating the Science of Forensic Evidence: A Broken System Requires a New Federal Agency (2011). Texas Law Review, See Also, Vol. 90, p. 19, 2011; Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2020638

Jessica D. Gabel (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

Ashley D. Champion

Georgia State University, School of Law, Students ( email )

Atlanta, GA
United States

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