Task Force on Forensic Science

 
The Task Force on Forensic Science was created by Executive Order 2021-04 and  will study issues related to forensic science and provide recommendations in a final report submitted no later than 12/31/21 to the governor and the Director of the Michigan State Police to strengthen the use of forensic science in Michigan's criminal justice system. These proposals may include recommendations to:
1) improve the practice, delivery, and use of forensic science in Michigan;
2) strengthen forensic science methodologies and practices in the state;
3) create statewide protocols for disclosure of negligence or misconduct by employees at forensic science providers;
4) create a process allowing members of the public to report alleged professional negligence or misconduct related to the practice or use of forensic science;
5) adopt best practices for individuals who practice or apply forensic science in the criminal justice system;
6) create procedures for updating stakeholders on developments in forensic science; and
7) create a post-conviction notification procedure to notify parties affected by misconduct, negligence, or misapplication of forensic science.
 


Current Members

Christopher R. Bommarito, of Williamston
Represents forensic science practitioners with at least five years of experience in the field, term expires 12/31/21

Kent Gardner, of Davison
Represents a forensic science practitioner from a county forensic service provider, term expires 12/31/21

Brandon N. Giroux, of Northville
Represents forensic science practitioners with at least five years of experience in the field, term expires 12/31/21 f

Jeffrey M. Jentzen, M.D., Ph.D., of Ann Arbor

Represents a board-certified pathologist with experience in forensic pathology, term expires 12/31/21

Barbara O'Brien, Ph.D., of East Lansing

Represents an individual from the private sector or from a university in this state who has published scholarship related to cognitive bias, term expires 12/31/21  

 

Jonathan Sacks, of Ann Arbor

Represents a public defender or criminal defense attorney, term expires 12/31/21 

 

Donald Shelton, Ph.D., of Saline

Represents individuals from the private sector or from a university in this state who have earned a doctoral degree in a distinct field relevant to forensic science and who have published scholarship related to the field in a peer-reviewed journal, term expires 12/31/21

Ruth Smith, Ph.D., of Okemos

Represents individuals from the private sector or from a university in this state who have earned a doctoral degree in a distinct field relevant to forensic science and who have published scholarship related to the field in a peer-reviewed journal, term expires 12/31/21

Matthew J. Wiese, of Marquette

Represents a prosecuting attorney, term expires 12/31/21 

 

The following members of the Legislature will serve as participants on the Task Force: 

Sen. John Bizon designated by the Senate Majority Leader,

Sen. Stephanie Chang designated by the Senate Minority Leader

Rep. Robert Bezotte designated by the Speaker of the House

Rep. Laurie Pohutsky designated by the House Minority Leader. 

 

Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack

Michigan Supreme Court
 

Judge Paul J. Denenfeld

17th Circuit Court of Kent County, designated by the Chief Justice


Col. Joseph Gasper, Director

Michigan Department of State Police 

Jeff Nye, Director

Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division

 

Attorney General Dana Nessel or her designee