A Federal Judge on Biases in the Criminal Justice System.

A well-known American federal appellate judge, Alex Kozinski, has written a commentary on systemic biases and institutional myths in the criminal justice system.

The basic thrust of his criticism will be familiar to readers of the sequences and rationalists generally. Lots about cognitive biases (but some specific criticisms of fingerprints and DNA evidence as well). Still, it’s interesting that a prominent federal judge—the youngest when appointed, and later chief of the Ninth Circuit—would treat some sacred cows of the judiciary so ruthlessly.

This is specifically a criticism of U.S. criminal justice, but, ceteris paribus, much of it applies not only to other areas of U.S. law, but to legal practices throughout the world as well.