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Why Was Clarence Aaron's Pardon Request Denied?
In 1999′s Snitch, FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel told the story of Clarence Aaron, a 23-year-old student who was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences after being convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine — despite the fact that he did not buy, sell or supply the drugs, nor did he have a previous criminal record.
May 14, 2012
Live Chat 1 p.m. ET: Uncovering "The Real CSI"
Join "The Real CSI" correspondent Lowell Bergman and producer Andres Cediel for a live chat on 4/19 at 1 p.m. ET featuring guest questioner Jeffrey Toobin from The New Yorker. You can leave a question now.
April 19, 2012
Discarded Doll: A Photo Essay of the Caylee Anthony Memorial Site
Haunting images taken in the process of reporting FRONTLINE's The Real CSI.
April 18, 2012
Casey Anthony Trial Lawyers Speak Out About the Case's Controversial Forensics
Thirty-seven forensic experts were called during last summer's sensational murder trial. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton and defense attorney Jose Baez discuss the forensic evidence presented, and offer their opinions as to whether justice was served in the case.
April 17, 2012
Forensic Tools: What's Reliable and What's Not-So-Scientific
From fingerprints to bite marks, not all evidence is backed up by rigorous research. Here are seven common types of forensics and how they stand up to this scientific scrutiny.
April 17, 2012
Dr. Cyril Wecht: The Benefits of Forensic Credentialing
Wecht, a spokesman for one of America's largest credentialing organizations, defends the company against claims that it's a diploma mill. He says the purpose of ACFEI is education and that merely having a certificate doesn't qualify a person to be a forensic expert on the witness stand.
April 17, 2012
Judge Harry T. Edwards: How Reliable is Forensic Evidence in Court?
It can vary, says Judge Harry T. Edwards, a primary author of a landmark 2009 National Academy of Sciences report on the state of forensics. And it's this variability that's a problem at trial: "In an adversarial system, your interest is in prevailing. So you're not looking to make it easier for the other side. You're not going to find scientific truth in the adversarial process."
April 17, 2012
No Forensic Background? No Problem
There are no national standards for forensic experts. This is how a journalism grad student became certified by the American College of Forensic Examiners International, a leading provider of forensic credentials.
April 17, 2012
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The Real CSI
How reliable is the science behind forensics? A FRONTLINE investigation finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science.
April 17, 2012
Can Unconscious Bias Undermine Fingerprint Analysis?
In 2004, cognitive neoroscientist Itiel Dror set out to examine whether the process of fingerprint analysis, long considered one of the most reliable forms of forensic science, can be biased by the knowledge examiners have when they attempt to find a match for prints from a crime scene. ...
April 16, 2012