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Why does law enforcement ignore science? A Talk with David Harris, author of "Failed Evidence--Why Law Enforcement Resists Science"

October 4, 2012

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: School of Law Moot Court Room
Contact Name: Claudia Diamond
Contact E-mail: cdiamond@ubalt.edu

With the popularity of crime dramas like CSI focusing on forensic science, and increasing numbers of police and prosecutors making wide-spread use of DNA, high-tech science seems to have become the handmaiden of law enforcement. But this is a myth, asserts law professor and nationally known expert on police profiling David A. Harris. In fact, most of law enforcement does not embrace science—it rejects it instead, resisting it vigorously. The question at the heart of this book is why.

Harris is a professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Good Cops: The Case for Preventive Policing and Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work. Joining Harris to discuss his book will be Gregg Bernstein, State's Attorney for Baltiimore City, and Michele Nethercott, co-director of the School of Law's Innocence Project Clinic.