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April 10, 2017

AG Sessions opting not to renew National Commission on Forensic Science

As reported in this extended Washington Post piece, headlined "Sessions orders Justice Dept. to end forensic science commission, suspend review policy," the new Attorney General is taking a new approach to old debates over forensic science. Though the decision here is not quite a sentencing story, it provides another example of how the new head of DOJ is taking a much different approach to serving justice than did his immediate predecessors.  I recommend the Post piece in full for those seeking full context here, and here is how the piece starts:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will end a Justice Department partnership with independent scientists to raise forensic science standards and has suspended an expanded review of FBI testimony across several techniques that have come under question, saying a new strategy will be set by an in-house team of law enforcement advisers.

In a statement Monday, Sessions said he would not renew the National Commission on Forensic Science, a roughly 30-member advisory panel of scientists, judges, crime lab leaders, prosecutors and defense lawyers chartered by the Obama administration in 2013.

A path to meet needs of overburdened crime labs will be set by a yet-to-be named senior forensic adviser and an internal department crime task force, Sessions’s statement said.

The announcement came as the commission began its last, two-day meeting before its term ends April 23, and as some of its most far-reaching final recommendations remained hanging before the department.

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Taken at face value, this is fairly astonishing. This guy is really circa 1981, convict-at-all -cost.

Posted by: Fat Bastard | Apr 10, 2017 9:09:56 PM

These are not lawyers. However, they are under lawyer orders. The are the CSI guys. A scientific advance had nearly 100% certainty of accuracy, helping both sides, finding and convicting the guilty, exonerating and freeing the innocent. These big government assholes destroyed its credibility entirely, rendering it worthless in a tribunal.

There is no advocate among its members for curing the established mental defects that result in criminality. These are mostly genetic and subject to CRISPR/cas 9 remedies. But, then, more of you lawyers would lose your lousy, government, make work, worthless jobs. So, no can do.

Getting rid of these assholes is a benefit to the criminal justice system. Start over with grants to non-governmental agencies.

Government is a wholly owned subsidiary of the criminal cult enterprise that is the lawyer profession. It does nothing well. You lawyers stink up everything you touch, including nearly perfect scientific advances.

Posted by: David Behar | Apr 11, 2017 1:33:47 AM

It has taken us at least 3 generations of prosecutors, LE and stacking the judiciary with the like minded to create the current system where we can frame anyone we want. Why muck it up now with reality.

Posted by: albeed | Apr 11, 2017 10:44:33 AM

Albeed is correct. Each of us commits 3 federal felonies a day. We are not in prison, solely at the discretion of prosecutors. They belong to the lawyer profession, the stupidest group of people in our country, stupider than Life Skills students learning to eat with a fork.

This failed profession must be crushed with the repeal of all its self dealt immunities. Sue them, prosecute them.

Posted by: David Behar | Apr 12, 2017 10:20:03 AM

"Sessions said he would not renew the National Commission on Forensic Science, a roughly 30-member advisory panel of scientists, judges, crime lab leaders, prosecutors and defense lawyers chartered by the Obama administration in 2013."


Of course. why on earth would we want to do anything to further justice? Any "scientific" evidence the prosecution offers in trial is infallible. Any attempt to undermine such evidence would be futile. Sessions also believes that the earth is 5,000 years old, that Noah's Ark will be found someday, and that there is no such thing as evolution.

Posted by: Sarah | Apr 12, 2017 5:46:05 PM

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