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Forensic Science: A Forensic Scientist’s Perspective

By David San Pietro and Brooke W. Kammrath

W hat is the current state of forensic science, and how does it deviate from its original scope? We as forensic scientists regrettably have abdicated our scientific roles on both the front and back ends of case investigations. On the front end, we have contributed to the reduction of our role at the crime scene, with the resultant loss of scientific inquiry at the scene. Additionally, this has adverse implications for the laboratory, where forensic scientists are no longer responsible for directing the analysis of an item of evidence submitted to the laboratory. This has resulted in nonscientists filling the void, thus framing and formulating scientific questions that should be posed by forensic scientists.

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