Since 2009, the State Bureau of Investigation lab has come under fire for the manner in which its analysts recorded lab results and testified to these results at trial, leading to unjust imprisonment in multiple cases.

It is imperative that defense attorneys better understand the science behind the tests that are being conducted at crime scenes and in crime labs. Without a sound scientific understanding, it is nearly impossible to discredit or call in to question the results of a test that has been conducted by the SBI lab, local law enforcement or any other lab.

This Webinar series covers some of the most commonly encountered tests and results and offers guidance on reading lab reports, understanding the procedures used, and identifying problems with the testing or reporting.
Seminar Information
Date Presented:
January 18, 2012 12:30 PM Eastern
1 hour, 30 minutes
Firearm/Toolmark Analysis: Pattern Matching Individualization
This comprehensive webinar starts with a basic understanding of how a firearm works, and then goes through virtually every related aspect of firearms identification, including:
•    Tools/techniques used in identification (comparison microscope, GSR analysis, etc.)
•    Categorization of markings
•    Subclass versus individual characteristics
•    Review of a sample SBI lab report and sample photos
•    Problems with lab reports
•    Situations where no gun is recovered
•    Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners' Theory of Identification
•    Range of acceptable conclusions
•    National Research Council 2008 report
•    National Academy of Sciences 2009 report
Speaker Information
William Tobin   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
North Carolina State Bar
Total Hours: 1.00
General Hours: 1.00
NCAJ Member: $69.00
Non-Member: $99.00