Task Force on Forensic Science

 
The Task Force on Forensic Science was created by Executive Order 2021-04 to study issues related to forensic science and advise the Governor and Director of the Michigan State Police on the state of forensic science in the State of Michigan. The Task Force's mission is to review the state of forensic science in Michigan and deliver their completed findings and policy recommendations to the Governor no later than December 31, 2021. 
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.

The Task Force on Forensic Science homepage

Statute

Current Members

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

Kent Gardner, Davison
Represents a forensic science practitioner from a county forensic service provider
Term expires 12/31/21
 
Brandon N. Giroux, Northville
Represents forensic science practitioners with at least five years of experience in the field 
Term expires 12/31/21
 
Jeffrey M. Jentzen, M.D., Ph.D., Ann Arbor
Represents a board-certified pathologist with experience in forensic pathology
Term expires 12/31/21

Barbara O'Brien, Ph.D., 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, Ann Arbor
Represents a public defender or criminal defense attorney
Term expires 12/31/21 
 
Donald Shelton, Ph.D., 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., 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, Marquette
Represents a prosecuting attorney
Term expires 12/31/21 
 
Col. Joseph Gasper
Director, Michigan State Police or his designee
 
Jeff Nye
Director, Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division
 

Additional Participants

 
Attorney General Dana Nessel
The Attorney General or her designee
 
Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack
The Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court or her designee 
 
Judge Paul J. Denenfeld, 17th Circuit Court of Kent County
Circuit Court Judge designated by the Chief Justice
 
 

Member of the Legislature


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