Turning the Investigation on the Science of Forensics

December 7, 2011

253 Russell Senate Office Building

Feature Image 3WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced today a full committee hearing on advancing the science of forensics.  While the criminal justice system relies heavily on forensic science to identify and prosecute criminals, many forensic tests lack scientific validation.  The hearing will examine the science of forensic disciplines, the need for scientific research and enforceable national standards, and other challenges faced by the forensic science community.

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website.  Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled hearing start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast. 

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Webcast

  • Dr. Terry W. Fenger

    Director, Forensic Science Center
    Marshall University

Majority Statement

  • Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Witness Panel 1

  • Mr. John Grisham

    Author; Board of Directors, Innocence Project
    Chairman, Mississippi Innocence Project
    Grisham Testimony (273.16 KB)
  • Dr. Constantine A. Gatsonis

    Co-chair, National Academies' Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community
    Director, Center for Statistical Sciences, Brown University
  • Mr. Geoffrey S. Mearns

    Member, National Academies’ Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community
    Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Cleveland State University
    Mearns Testimony (26.09 KB)
  • Dr. Terry W. Fenger

    Director, Forensic Science Center
    Marshall University
    Fenger Testimony (90.89 KB)