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URI’s forensic seminar to address ‘Lindbergh to O.J.: The Role of the Expert Witness in the Courtroom’ Mar. 25

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 22, 2005 -- Richard Saferstein, former chief forensic scientist of the New Jersey State Police Laboratory, will speak at the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series on Friday, March 25.

Saferstein’s presentation, “From Lindbergh to O.J. Simpson: The Role of the Expert Witness in the Courtroom,” will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the Kingston campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The seminar will address the significance of an expert’s testimony, the skills a forensic scientist needs to testify effectively, and how an attorney can get the most from an expert’s testimony.

Saferstein retired in 1991 from his post in the New Jersey State Police Lab after serving 21 years. He was also employed as a forensic chemist for the Treasury Department and an analytical chemist for Shell Chemical Co. As a government forensic scientist and a private consultant, Saferstein has testified in more than 1,000 criminal and civil cases.

He is currently a self-employed forensic science consultant specializing in alcohol and drug intoxication, DNA analysis, and criminalistics and is the author of several forensic science textbooks including the three-volume Forensic Science Handbook.