The Surprising Unreliability of DNA Evidence : A Tale of Bad Labs and Good Statutes of Limitations
Based on his article "In praise of statutes of limitations in sex offense cases" which won the 2005 Houston Law Review Professional Writing Award. Although DNA evidence is based on sound scientific principles, the unreliability of DNA evidence is due to the public DNA labs' systemic corruption, gross negligence, and endemic failure to properly train technicians on how to process DNA samples. In addition, convinced with the perfection of DNA evidence, prosecutors and state legislators have moved to extend, outflank, and even eliminate statutes of limitations on sex offenses. DiFonzo suggests several reforms aimed at alleviating the problem and restoring confidence to the process of DNA identification and testimony.
DiFonzo, J. H., "The Surprising Unreliability of DNA Evidence : A Tale of Bad Labs and Good Statutes of Limitations" (2005). Hofstra University Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. 5.