Enhancing Conviction Integrity through Forensics Webinar - Advancing Justice with Case Review and Informed Strategies for DNA Testing
September 22 — 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
SAKI TTA will host a webinar titled, Advancing Justice with Case Review and Informed Strategies for DNA Testing, on Wednesday, September 22nd from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET. This webinar will be presented by Patricia D. Powers, Attorney Advisor with AEquitas, and Misty Marra Williamson, DNA Analyst and DNA Laboratory Coordinator at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center.
Collaboration is key to investigating and prosecuting violent crimes, both cold and current. Multidisciplinary case review and evaluation of evidence can enrich professionals’ understanding of the significance of testing results and lead to the identification of other additional evidence. The case review process when informed by diverse perspectives is critical to prosecutors' ability to determine evidentiary support for charges, indictments and considerations for advanced technologies in DNA testing.
The presenters will discuss how strong relationships among prosecutors, investigators, and laboratory analysts assist prosecutors with navigating cases through the criminal justice system including how an understanding of laboratory workflows and quality control policies can assist processing cases impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Speedy trial requirements, due diligence, and case-specific timeliness needs will be discussed from the perspective of prosecutors and laboratory analysts.
- Conduct effective cold and current case reviews from multiple professional perspectives.
- Identify the probative value of physical and forensic evidence, tested and untested.
- Ensure ongoing collaboration among prosecutors, investigators, and crime laboratory analysts to strategize DNA testing and prioritization.
- Recognize advancements in DNA technology and their evidentiary potential.
Please register by clicking on the 'Register Here' button above. Feel free to forward the registration information to others! Please do not hesitate to reach out to the SAKI TTA team if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation!
This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.