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Forensic Analysis: Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence (2004)

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Committee Meeting Agendas." National Research Council. 2004. Forensic Analysis: Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10924.
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Committee Meeting Agendas

National Academy of Sciences

500 5th Street, NW, Room 201

Washington DC

AGENDA

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3

7:30

BREAKFAST

 

8:00

CLOSED SESSION

 

8:00

OPENING REMARKS

 

 

Welcome

 

 

Kenneth O. MacFadden, Chair

 

 

COMMITTEE INTRODUCTIONS

TAB 2

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

 

 

Dorothy Zolandz, Director, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology

 

8:45

OPEN SESSION

 

8:45

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

Kenneth O. MacFadden, Chair

 

9:15

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND GOALS

TAB 3

 

Robert D. Koons, Research Chemist, Forensic Science Research Unit, FBI Academy

TAB 4

9:45

INTRODUCTION TO THE BULLET MANUFACTURING PROCESS

TAB 5

 

Kenneth D. Green, Director, Technical Affairs, Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc.

 

10:30

BREAK

 

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Committee Meeting Agendas." National Research Council. 2004. Forensic Analysis: Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10924.
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10:45

FBI’s ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUE AND STATISTICS

TAB 6

 

Robert D. Koons, Research Chemist, Forensic Science Research Unit, FBI Academy

 

11:45

LUNCH

 

1:00

ADMISSIBILITY OF SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

TAB 7

 

Judge Russell F. Canan, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

 

 

Scott Schools, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of South Carolina

 

 

Richard K. Gilbert, Esq., Attorney

 

2:30

PERSPECTIVE OF AN EXPERT WITNESS

TAB 8

 

Wayne A. Duerfeldt, Laboratory Manager, Gopher Resource Corporation

 

3:00

BREAK

 

3:15

CLOSED SESSION

 

3:15

GENERAL DISCUSSION

What do we know/what don’t we know/what do we need regarding:

• Analytical technique

• Bullet manufacturing

• Legal interpretation

• Data quality and quantity

• Other technical & legal questions

 

5:00

ADJOURN FOR DAY

 

6:00

COMMITTEE DINNER

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4

7:30

BREAKFAST

8:00

CLOSED SESSION

8:00

DISCUSSION OF BALANCE AND COMPOSITION

 

Dorothy Zolandz, Director, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology

8:45

SUMMARY OF DISCUSSIONS

10:00

BREAK

10:15

REPORT DISSEMINATION

10:30

LOGISTICS—TEAMS, ASSIGNMENTS, AND SCHEDULES

11:00

NEXT STEPS

12:00

ADJOURN

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Committee Meeting Agendas." National Research Council. 2004. Forensic Analysis: Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10924.
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National Academy of Sciences

500 5th Street, NW, Room 213

Washington DC

AGENDA

MONDAY, MARCH 3

7:30

BREAKFAST

 

8:00

CLOSED SESSION

 

8:00

OPENING REMARKS, INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Kenneth O. MacFadden, Chair

TAB 2

8:10

OPEN SESSION

 

8:10

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

Kenneth O. MacFadden, Chair

 

8:15

STATISTICS OF BULLETS

Alicia Carriquiry, Associate Provost and Professor, Department of Statistics, Iowa State University

TAB 4

9:15

LEAD AND LEAD REFINING

R. David Prengaman, President, RSR Technologies Corporation

TAB 5

10:15

BREAK

 

10:45

PERSPECTIVE ON BULLET LEAD COMPOSITIONAL ANALYSIS

TBA

TAB 6

11:45

LUNCH

 

1:00

FBI EXAMINERS: QUALITY CONTROL AND TESTIMONY

TBA

TAB 7

2:00

CLOSED SESSION

 

2:00

BREAK

 

2:15

REPORT FROM THE SHOT SHOW

Robert Greenberg

Clifford Spiegelman

 

2:45

UPDATES FROM GROUPS

Manufacturing

Analytical

Statistics

Interpretation

 

3:15

GROUP WORK ON NEW INFORMATION

 

4:30

GROUPS REPORT TO COMMITTEE

 

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Committee Meeting Agendas." National Research Council. 2004. Forensic Analysis: Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10924.
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5:00

ADJOURN FOR DAY

6:00

COMMITTEE DINNER

TUESDAY, MARCH 4

7:30

BREAKFAST

8:00

CLOSED SESSION

8:00

DISCUSSION OF BALANCE AND COMPOSITION

Dorothy Zolandz, Director, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology

8:30

COMMITTEE DISCUSSION/GROUP DISCUSSIONS ON FINDINGS

10:00

BREAK

10:15

REPORT OUTLINE DEVELOPMENT

11:00

LOGISTICS—ASSIGNMENTS AND SCHEDULES

11:30

NEXT STEPS

12:00

ADJOURN

National Academy of Sciences

500 5th Street, NW, Room 213

Washington DC

AGENDA

MONDAY, APRIL 14

7:30

BREAKFAST

8:00

CLOSED SESSION

8:00

OPENING REMARKS: REVIEW COMMITTEE CHARGE & WORK SESSION GOALS

Kenneth O. MacFadden, Chair

8:15

SUB-GROUP VISIT REPORTS

Manufacturing—visit to bullet manufacturers

Analysis

Statistics—conference call with Robert Koons

Interpretation

9:30

OPEN SESSION

9:30

BREAK

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Committee Meeting Agendas." National Research Council. 2004. Forensic Analysis: Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10924.
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9:45

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

Robert Koons, FBI Laboratory

11:45

LUNCH

1:00

CLOSED SESSION

1:00

WHAT WE KNOW/DONT KNOW EXERCISE (REVIEW MASTER DOCUMENT)

3:00

SUB-GROUP WORK SESSION

4:30

DEVELOPMENT OF WRITING PLAN

5:00

ADJOURN FOR DAY

6:00

COMMITTEE DINNER

TUESDAY, APRIL 15

7:30

BREAKFAST

8:00

CLOSED SESSION

8:00

SUB-GROUP REPORT WRITING

11:45

LUNCH

12:45

COMMITTEE PROGRESS REPORTS

1:30

DISCUSSION OF WORK PLAN, TASK ASSIGNMENTS AND NEXT MEETING

2:00

ADJOURN

2:00

TRIP TO FBI LABORATORY

National Academy of Sciences

500 5th Street, NW, Room 205

Washington DC

AGENDA

MONDAY, MAY 12

7:30

BREAKFAST

8:00

CLOSED SESSION

8:00

OPENING REMARKS: REVIEW COMMITTEE CHARGE & WORK SESSION GOALS

Kenneth O. MacFadden, Chair

8:15

REPORT ON VISIT TO FBI LABORATORY

Steve Prescott, Karen Kafadar, Michael Finkelstein, Bob Greenberg, Ken MacFadden

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Committee Meeting Agendas." National Research Council. 2004. Forensic Analysis: Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10924.
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8:30

REVIEW & DISCUSSION OF DRAFT REPORT

Each team to give a brief overview of their Draft report, conclusions and recommendations: followed by an open discussion with the committee

8:30

ANALYSIS

9:15

MANUFACTURING

10:15

BREAK

10:30

STATISTICS

11:15

INTERPRETATION

12:00

LUNCH

1:00

OPEN SESSION

1:00

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

Robert Koons, FBI Laboratory

3:00

CLOSED SESSION

3:00

DISCUSSION AND RESOLUTION OF OPEN ISSUES

5:00

ADJOURN FOR DAY

6:30

COMMITTEE DINNER

TUESDAY, MAY 13

7:30

BREAKFAST

8:00

CLOSED SESSION

8:00

SUB-GROUP REPORT WRITING

11:45

LUNCH

12:45

COMMITTEE PROGRESS REPORTS

1:15

DISCUSSION OF REPORT DISSEMINATION

1:30

DISCUSSION OF WORK PLAN, REPORT SCHEDULE, TASK ASSIGNMENTS

2:00

ADJOURN

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Committee Meeting Agendas." National Research Council. 2004. Forensic Analysis: Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10924.
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Since the 1960s, testimony by representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in thousands of criminal cases has relied on evidence from Compositional Analysis of Bullet Lead (CABL), a forensic technique that compares the elemental composition of bullets found at a crime scene to the elemental composition of bullets found in a suspect’s possession. Different from ballistics techniques that compare striations on the barrel of a gun to those on a recovered bullet, CABL is used when no gun is recovered or when bullets are too small or mangled to observe striations. Forensic Analysis: Weighing Bullet Lead Evidence assesses the scientific validity of CABL, finding that the FBI should use a different statistical analysis for the technique and that, given variations in bullet manufacturing processes, expert witnesses should make clear the very limited conclusions that CABL results can support. The report also recommends that the FBI take additional measures to ensure the validity of CABL results, which include improving documentation, publishing details, and improving on training and oversight.

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