A Response to: 'Nist Experts Urge Caution in Use of Courtroom Evidence Presentation Method'

6 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2017

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Geoffrey Stewart Morrison

Forensic Evaluation Ltd; Forensic Data Science Laboratory, Aston University

Date Written: October 16, 2017

Abstract

A press release from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could potentially impede progress toward improving the analysis of forensic evidence and the presentation of forensic analysis results in courts in the United States and around the world. “NIST experts urge caution in use of courtroom evidence presentation method” was released on October 12, 2017, and was picked up by the phys.org news service. It argues that, except in exceptional cases, the results of forensic analyses should not be reported as “likelihood ratios”. The press release, and the journal article by NIST researchers Steven P. Lund & Harri Iyer on which it is based, identifies some legitimate points of concern, but makes a strawman argument and reaches an unjustified conclusion that throws the baby out with the bathwater.

Suggested Citation

Morrison, Geoffrey Stewart and Morrison, Geoffrey Stewart, A Response to: 'Nist Experts Urge Caution in Use of Courtroom Evidence Presentation Method' (October 16, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3054092 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3054092

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