TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 25, 2016

A Washington, D.C., appellate judge says a court rule is needed to ban statements from experts on “unique ballistics matches,” The Washington Post reports (reg. req.). The request from Judge Catherine Easterly comes after an expert incorrectly testified that a match between bullet slugs found in a murder victim’s vehicle and a gun found in the convicted killer’s bedroom was a match. Claims that forensic experts can match a bullet or shell casing found at a crime scene to a specific weapon lack a scientific basis and should be barred, Easterly writes.