(Received 27 October 1972; accepted 29 January 1973)
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At the first plenary session of the 24th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, discussions were directed to the role of the forensic scientist in the adversary system. The morning Plenary Session of Thursday, March 2, 1972 was entitled “The Adversary System and the Role of the Forensic Scientist.” The evening Special Seminar on “Truth and Consequences in the Court Room or Open Season on the Expert Witness” was followed by a film on “The Murder of Fred Hampton” in which the approach of the criminalist in accumulating scientific data for legal purposes was detailed. In these sessions, the adversary process was often attacked as interfering with or hiding and distor,ing scientific truth as provided by the expertise of the forensic scientist, rather than serving to promote scientific truth and enhancing its exposure and meaningful application to legal issues.
Professor of psychiatry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
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