Wednesday, September 12, 12:45-2:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge
It’s all too common in criminal cases to encounter junk science masquerading as forensics. The consequences can be egregious: innocent people sent to prison while perpetrators remain free. Washington Post writer Radley Balko and Mississippi law professor Tucker Carrington chronicle one such case in their recently published book, The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South. In doing so, they expose structural failures and institutional racism that have insulated sham science from challenge and led it to disproportionately impact the African American community. At this Forum, the authors will discuss their book and, with other experts, address concerns about junk science in the criminal justice system around the country.
Erin Murphy, Professor, NYU School of Law
Radley Balko, Opinion Writer, Washington Post
Bennett Capers, Professor, Brooklyn Law School
Tucker Carrington, Professor and Founding Director of the George C. Cochran Innocence Project, University of Mississippi School of Law