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February 24, 2009

An article posted Feb. 18 by, an investigative journalism Web site, included remarks from Professor Michael Saks, of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, about a new federal report that called the nation's forensic science system "badly fragmented."

In the article, "Government-Funded Study Calls for Overhaul of Nation's Crime Labs," reporter Ben Protess wrote that the public has a flawed perception of forensic science and its reliability. His report detailed findings of a new report by a National Academy of Sciences committee, which will be the subject of an international conference at the College of Law on April 3-4.

"The public has this image, just looking at CSI, that forensic science is perfect," Saks said. "It's just a TV show."

Protess also quoted experts, including federal Judge Harry T. Edwards, a co-chairman of the Academy's forensic science committee, and Peter Neufeld, co-director of the Innocence Project, who will participate in the conference, "Forensic Science for the 21st Century: The National Academy of Sciences Report and Beyond."

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