The Department of Justice announced recently that it has created an internal "forensic science working group" that will attempt to address some of the longstanding issues around forensic evidence techniques and how they are presented in court. Its main goals will be to create a uniform set of standards about what analysts can say in courtroom testimony about forensic science techniques, and to set up a monitoring program to ensure they comply.
When is a crime prosecuted in Federal Court as opposed to Sate Court? Many crimes can be prosecuted under both State and Federal law. So what determines which path prosecutors pick for a particular crime? Multiple factors affect this decision such as the following: