Congrats To Legal Aid's DNA Unit; Justice Dwyer Strengthened His Landmark DNA Frye Decision

Justice Mark Dwyer of New York Supreme Court, Kings County, today reinforced his landmark ruling that Low Copy Number (aka High Sensitivity) DNA testing and Forensic Statistical Tool (FST) do not meet the Frye standard of general acceptance in the relevant scientific community and thus are precluded as evidence in criminal trials.

In November, Judge Dwyer gave an oral decision to preclude FST and LCN for two of our clients, after an extensive hearing and excellent advocacy by the LAS Frye team (Jessica Goldthwaite, Clinton Hughes, Susan Friedman, Daniel Ades, Karen Faraguna and Susan Morris). Before he could give a written decision, the ADA moved to reopen, citing new developments in the field and relevant scientific community.