Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Failed Evidence: Does Law Enforcement Resist Science?

Failed Evidence: Does Law Enforcement Resist Science?

4:30pm University of Minnesota Law School

The panel will focus on David A. Harris’ book Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science, in which he argues that law enforcement officials have failed to embrace the science that casts doubt on traditional police work, such as eyewitness identification, suspect interrogation, and forensics. He documents how law enforcement’s use of discredited forensic techniques and questionable investigative methods has contributed to miscarriages of justice, including wrongful convictions. Harris offers a number of recommendations for encouraging law enforcement to use sound scientific practices in traditional police work.

This event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Law School, the Robina Institute, the Council on Crime and Justice, the Criminal Justice League, and the Innocence Project of Minnesota. It is free and open to the public.


Continuing Legal Education Credits

1.5 CLE credits have been requested

Speakers & Moderators

  • David A. Harris David A. Harris

    Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research

  • John J. Choi John J. Choi

    Ramsey County Attorney, Minnesota

  • Chief John Harrington Chief John Harrington

    Metro Transit Police Department

  • Jon M. Hopeman Jon M. Hopeman

    Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law

  • Mark Kappelhoff Mark Kappelhoff

    Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota Law


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