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The problem with forensics

I stopped watching CSI a long time ago, but remember being annoyed by some stupid piece of dialog a long time ago where Grissom says “terminal velocity is 9.8 meters per second squared.” Turns out, lack of scientific knowledge is not that far off from real forensic “science” either.


Forensic science was not developed by scientists. It was mostly created by cops, who were guided by little more than common sense. And as hundreds of criminal cases begin to unravel, many established forensic practices are coming under fire.

From CSI Myths: The Shaky Science Behind Forensics in Popular Mechanics.