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Saks to address Toronto audience

October 17, 2008

Michael Saks, professor of law and a Faculty Fellow in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology, will speak to the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Saks will talk about the report of the "Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario," which recently was released by the inquiry's commissioner, Justice Stephen T. Goudge of the Court of Appeal of Ontario. Known as "The Goudge Report," the three-volume document contains 169 recommendations that address the reform of numerous aspects of forensic pathology and of the judicial procedures for using expert witnesses, post-trial correction and compensation of victims of erroneous convictions, and the improvement of legal education in science and the interaction of science and law.

Saks, who also is an ASU psychology professor, said many of the recommendations are applicable beyond forensic pathology and beyond Ontario. "They could contribute to improving the quality and accuracy of forensic science expertise, science and legal education, and the ability of courts to make more informed, critical, and effective use of forensic science," he said.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law