This report investigates whether bankruptcy reduces the likelihood that exposure to the asbestos-containing products of bankrupt parties will be identified in interrogatories and depositions. It also presents plaintiff and defense perspectives on whether the findings are a cause for concern and what, if anything, should be done in response.
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Measuring the Resilience of Energy Distribution SystemsApril 24, 2015
Describes a framework developed by RAND for measuring the resilience of energy distribution systems and summarizes the state of metrics for resilience of the electric power, natural gas, and refined oil products distribution systems.
Digital Evidence and the U.S. Criminal Justice System: Identifying Technology and Other Needs to More Effectively Acquire and Utilize Digital EvidenceApril 20, 2015
With digital devices becoming ubiquitous, digital evidence is increasingly important to the investigation and prosecution of many types of crimes. This report describes results of a research effort to identify and prioritize criminal justice needs related to digital evidence collection, management, analysis, and use.
The Potential of Blind Collaborative Justice: Testing the Impact of Expert Blinding and Consensus Building on the Validity of Forensic TestimonyApril 20, 2015
Biased expert testimony is a leading cause of wrongful convictions, and new techniques are needed to reduce such biases. RAND researchers conducted an experimental investigation of two potential contributors to biased testimony within adversarial litigation involving forensic evidence: (1) experts' knowledge of their party representation (i.e., prosecution vs. defense counsel), and (2) lack of input from the relevant scientific community.
Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034: Report of the Law Enforcement Futuring WorkshopMarch 16, 2015
This report presents the result of the July 2014 Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop, in which a diverse group of law enforcement practitioners explored future visions of law enforcement and identified and prioritized needs in technology, policy, and practice based on those visions.