Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Confessions Burned Into the Floor

Pay attention, folks, because this article in the New Yorker is what real journalism looks like. If newspapers could do things like this, they wouldn't be out of business.

The article is an extremely long read, but it is also a very important examination of a certain aspect of the modern criminal justice system. If you're looking for the abridged versions, you want to check out sections I, IV and V. In that order.

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3 comments:

oyster said...

Absolutely. A very important read.

DADvocate said...

I read the abridged version. Wow!

In a recent Popular Mechanics, they discredit much of what is commonly thought of as forensic science. They show that it is not science at all and the people practicing it are not scientists.

Indeed, in some of my experiences with my kids' science teachers, the scientists don't stay true to the scientific method.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Hell, the RSD had me teaching science to 7th and 8th graders. (I should have been teaching social studies.) It became mainly a scientific facts, vocabulary and reading comprehension class. Which is what was needed, to be honest, as shameful as that sounds.