03.09.09

Leahy Announces Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Forensic Science

WASHINGTON (Monday, March 9) -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday announced that the Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, to examine a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences on forensic science. 

The report, which was released on February 18, found that many forensic disciplines lack the standards necessary to ensure scientific reliability in court.  The report is the result of three years of study by the National Academy of Sciences.

Leahy also announced Monday that Judge Harry T. Edwards, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will testify at the hearing.  Judge Edwards is the co-chair of the Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community at the National Research Council of the National Academies, which authored the report.

The hearing on “The Need to Strengthen Forensic Science in the United States:  The National Academy of Science’s Report on a Path Forward” will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  It will also be webcast live online.  Witness testimony and member statements will be available on the Senate Judiciary Committee website.

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 March 9, 2009

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on "The Need to Strengthen Forensic Science in the United States:  The National Academy of Science's Report on a Path Forward" for Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.

By order of the Chairman.

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