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:
February 15, 2012 12:30 PM Eastern
1 hour, 30 minutes
Fingerprint Analysis and other Pattern Evidence (2012)
Fingerprint comparison was one of the areas that was strongly criticized by the 2009 National Academy of Sciences Report. Learn how to challenge the scientific basis for this technique by understanding:
  • Techniques used (ACE-V technique) 
  • Whether uniqueness of fingerprints has been established
  • Statistical basis for the ACE-V technique
  • Sample SBI lab report
  • Range of acceptable conclusions and problems with lab reports

Speaker Information
Simon A. Cole Ph.D   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
North Carolina State Bar
Total Hours: 1.50
General Hours: 1.50
NCAJ Member: $69.00
Non-Member: $99.00