D&S lawyer-in-residence Rebecca Wexler testifies about government oversight of forensic science laboratories in the State of New York.
I submit these comments to the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes; the Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary and the Assembly Standing Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation. Thank you for inviting my testimony on government oversight of forensic science laboratories in the State of New York. As a Resident at The Data and Society Research Institute, my work focuses on issues arising from data and technology in the criminal justice system. I want to draw your attention to trade secrets claims in forensic technologies that threaten criminal defendant’s rights to confront and cross-examine the evidence against them; to compulsory process to obtain evidence in their favor; and to due process.