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Barry Scheck is an American lawyer specializing in DNA evidence that helps overturn wrongful convictions.
He appeared as Stephen's guest on the October 16, 2006 edition of The Colbert Report.
Scheck runs The Innocence Project, a non-profit organization which uses DNA evidence to challenge the convictions of some of America's guiltiest convicts. The danger of the Project is that by finding that people who are on Death Row are innocent, Scheck is undermining the death penalty.
The Project only finds about 40% of the people who claim they are innocent actually are innocent, which means the criminal justice system is batting .600, which in baseball would get you your own wing in the Hall of Fame.
The Impact Of CSIEdit
CSI has prejudiced juries by creating a false impression in their minds that some hot crime lab employee will have processed evidence perfectly, with state of the art equipment, under artful lighting and with a rocking theme song playing.
Sadly, most of America's crime labs aren't funded by Jerry Bruckheimer, so the jurors expectations that a real crime can be accurately solved within the framework of a one-hour police procedural are shattered.