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Advanced Evidence Spring 2023 (4 credit)

Innocence Project Amicus Brief in New York v. Williams

This amicus brief makes four recommendations to the New York Court of Appeals that are essentially four critiques of the way the Frye standard is handled in the New York. (This excerpt includes the first three – we’ll read the fourth recommendation later.)

(You don’t need to know much about the underlying case to understand the amicus argument, but the legal question was “whether the trial court should have held a Frye hearing with respect to the admissibility of low copy number (LCN) DNA evidence and the results of a statistical analysis conducted using the proprietary forensic statistical tool (FST) developed and controlled by the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).”