January 10, 2023
Former New Mexico judge and forensics enthusiast.
“I became interested in forensics when, as a young prosecutor, I was snookered by a flashy lawyer presenting an “expert” witness. I was determined not to be snookered again.”
“It’s a problem, especially in criminal cases, having judges and lawyers who aren’t well-versed in science deal with scientific evidence, but I’m hopeful because the education is improving.”
“Cognitive bias of examiners and labs is a constant issue in forensic testing. More independence is needed.”
“New Mexico’s hybrid system of judicial selection is better than before but still needs improvement.”