and other Forensic Faux Pas

Emma McClure

Wednesday, June 6 2018 at 7:00PM

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Emma McClure

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We've all seen it: A renegade detective pores over the scene of a grisly murder. They find an overlooked clue; a hair, a footprint, a shell casing. Detailed forensic analysis matches the clue to the bad guy, and the bad guy goes to jail. This is how modern day forensics are portrayed in shows such as 'CSI' and 'Silent Witness'; forensic evidence is seen as conclusive when it comes to catching suspects and deciding if someone is guilty in a criminal trial. But, at a time when shows like Serial and Making a Murderer have brought miscarriages of justice to international prominence, Emma McClure will explain how the traces left behind at a crime scene can sometimes lie.


The science in areas such as DNA collection has progressed enormously in recent decades allowing for breakthroughs in many old and cold cases. However, we have also seen many high profile exonerations of those previously convicted of the most serious of crimes on seemingly 'conclusive' forensic evidence. This has led to increasing scrutiny of the way it is analysed, interpreted and presented in the courtroom.


In this talk, prison lawyer Emma McClure examines the issues with forensic techniques, highlighting the amusing, confusing and sometimes tragic consequences of failing to take a sceptical approach to evidence in the field of forensic science.

£4 per head will get you a ticket in our drinks raffle, two lucky attendees will win a FREE pint on the night.