Boston defense lawyer, Keren Goldenberg, makes a name for herself in handling evidence
From the public’s perspective, evidence often seems tantamount to a guilty verdict. This assumption is why the work of the criminal defense attorney is crucial: to show the jury why the evidence presented by the prosecution isn’t inherently indicative of the defendant’s guilt. Boston defense lawyer, Keren Goldenberg, is highly skilled in handling forensic evidence and expert witnesses. She has been a guest lecturer for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Middlesex Defense Attorneys, and the Greater Lowell Bar Association on how to successfully confront expert witnesses in hearings and at trial.
Why is forensic evidence in question?
The Innocence Project reports that “forensic science, or more specifically, problems in forensic science, contributes to many wrongful convictions, as seen in nearly half (45%) of DNA exoneration cases and one-quarter (24%) of all exonerations in the United States.”
In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released the report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, in which they note that only certain forensic techniques “have not been subjected to sufficient scientific evaluation,” but that “imprecise or exaggerated expert testimony has sometimes contributed to the admission of erroneous or misleading evidence.” In 2016, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) expanded on this concern in their report to President Obama, Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods.
The question of forensic evidence and the validity of expert witnesses is not beyond the scope of public interest. This year, Netflix released the documentary, How to Fix a Drug Scandal, which shows how 47,000 were ultimately overturned because of human error and negligence. Something that greatly impacted thousands of cases Boston defense lawyers represented.
What should a Boston defense lawyer do about handling forensic evidence?
While the Innocence Project, PCAST, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), work on the systemic and overarching problems in the criminal system and science behind testing, it is up to defense attorneys to understand how to handle evidence in the meantime.
Forensic evidence is not inherently bad for building a strong defense. A creating solid defense strategy is about knowing how to cross-examine expert witnesses as well as positioning the prosecution’s evidence with additional evidence revealed by further investigation of the case. It is this area of legal expertise that has earned Boston defense attorneys, Keren Goldenberg and her associate, Kayla Fahey, their reputations as top authorities in defending drug crimes.
Goldenberg goes the extra mile when conducting further investigation into her clients’ cases. She knows the importance of handling expert witnesses on the stand as well as how and when to present further findings that compromise the integrity of the prosecution’s evidence.
If you need a Boston defense lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Keren Goldenberg, today online or by calling 617-431-2701. She will work tirelessly to get the best result possible for you or your loved one.