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"Forensic science was not developed by scientists"

I a href=”http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/4325774.html”read a recent article /afrom span style=”font-style:italic;”Popular Mechanics /spanentitled, “CSI Myths: The Shaky Science Behind Forensics” that is finally up on line (found through a href=”http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/83253/”Instapundit/a):br /br /blockquoteForensic science was not developed by scientists. It was mostly created by cops, who were guided by little more than common sense. And as hundreds of criminal cases begin to unravel, many established forensic practices are coming under fire. PM takes an in-depth look at the shaky science that has put innocent people behind bars./blockquotebr /br /Glenn and I a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2007/01/podcast-on-forensic-science.html”interviewed Bill Bass/a a while back, who is the author of many books, including the popular a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OCXIX0?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=B000OCXIX0″span style=”font-style:italic;”Death’s Acre./span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=B000OCXIX0″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / He spoke to us about the a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSI_effect””CSI effect,” /awhich often leads juries and other people to expect cases to be solved immediately using the latest forensic science but the truth is, as span style=”font-style:italic;”Popular Mechanics/span points out, this science can be shaky. TV shows that make solving crimes seem easy are often just plain wrong.