Professor Imwinkelried Speaks at Seton Hall Evidence Symposium
On October 27-28, 2017, Professor Edward Imwinkelried participated in an evidence symposium at Seton Hall University School of Law.
Professor Imwinkelried was the principal speaker at the panel on post-conviction relief based on changed science. He addressed situations in which the accused is convicted at a trial during which the prosecution presents inculpatory scientific testimony but, after trial, new scientific research calls into question the validity of the theory that the prosecution expert relied on.
Such situations pose difficult policy choices because they implicate both the societal interest in ensuring the accuracy of convictions and the institutional interest in finality. During his remarks, Professor Imwinkelried critiqued the new California and Texas legislation on post-conviction relief in "changed science" situations. In his paper, Professor Imwinkelried proposed a standard for granting an accused a new trial when the relevant science shifts after the accused's conviction.
Professor Imwinkelried is a world-renowned evidence expert who has published extensively in the field.