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Are the flaws in this science only applicable to bullet forensics or are there errors in things like fingerprint analysis too?
Based on your evaluation of the methods and evidence, do you believe that there was a second shooter on the grassy knoll?
I don't know much about the JFK case. Could you explain, in laymen's terms and in enough words, why the combative bullet lead analysis was flawed? And what came of the flaw?
Hi Dr. Spiegelman,
As science grows more complicated, it becomes more and more difficult to explain it adequately to the average person (ie, the jury). Do you think this has any effect on the outcome of cases; for example, do you think juries are simply "led" by lawyers without properly understanding the scientific evidence?
Are there any other "popular" forensic tests that are likely on their way out as we raise our scientific standards?
Thank you for your time today.
Do you see machine learning becoming a more significant part of forensic science moving forward? Will we trust an expert AI to make appropriate analyses over people? Or is that a step too far for the court system in our lifetime?
What was the most memorable case you worked on with the Innocence Project? thanks
Alright, it’s time for me to sign off. Thanks for all the great questions, it’s a been a pleasure!
How dire is the situation as it pertains to bad forensic science and the criminal justice system? From fingerprints to bite analysis to hair analysis and beyond... where is your level of concern?
Hello Dr. Spiegelman,
I expect a lot of people will be asking about JFK, so I'll leave those questions to them. Rather, I'm more curious about your appointment as Official Statistician of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. What is this role and how does your background in forensic science factor into the duties and responsibilities associated with it?
How difficult is it to "throw out" something like bullet lead analysis from scientific practice as a whole? How do legal teams find out that a certain test should no longer be used?
Can you tell me a little about how you got started on this? How does a statistician get involved in forensic bullet analysis? Thank you for your time!
Hi, Dr. Spiegelman! What would you say is the most interesting project you're working on right now? Thank you for your time this morning.
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What sort of hurdles do you experience in your role at the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission?
Do you know of scientific and statistical methods that have the most promise for being used effectively and reliably in the modern courtroom? DNA evidence appears to be the most reliable now, but I am wondering what you think about other methods such as microbiome signatures or mass spectrometry. Thank you for your time!
If i am on a grand jury being presented with evidence in drug cases, what questions should I be asking?