Forensic Science: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Forensic science used in criminal trials can be surprisingly unscientific. Maybe a new television procedural could help change the public perception.
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  • Chris Saurdal
    Chris Saurdal

    ​ Hi all, how you all doing? I am working on a short film that I am developing and I thought it would be great to leave it here and hope that someone sees and and possibly makes a tiny donation. Every little thing helps, even the 1$ ones as it helps us get traction with Indiegogo and then more people see it. The story is about three people who are being forced into a life of forensic cleaning. Have a look at the page and see if there's anything you like! Thank you everyone!

  • Anna

    I support the death penalty in some cases, but the thought of faulty forensic science putting innocent people behind bars and leaving the real criminals on the street is horrifying.

  • Turtle Shell
    Turtle Shell

    We're indoors, fuck you. I wanna say that too so many people.

  • kingpest13

    We need to subject the Olson twins to experimentation. The double slit experiment. BOOM! (I'm sorry)

  • kingpest13

    I took three hair drug tests (voluntarily) for custody court and every single one of them came up positive. I haven't had a single drug of any kind in around 17 years and cocaine in 25...I hate cocaine intensely, it is very uncomfortable to me. I googled the shit out of it and apparently hair tests can come up with false positives for cocaine sometimes and is not admissable in Canada for that reason. I would have never believed it if hadn't happened to me. Thank God I was the one paying for them and doing them just to help my case because I didn't HAVE to use them. I took about ten urinalysises instead. I'm back in custody court and this time my hair test came back negative. Wtf? This is what passes for admissable science?!?!?

  • Zach Zalin
    Zach Zalin

    Fun fact: The actor who played "Chief" in the fake commercial at the end, plays an IAB officer on Law &Order SVU.

  • madadh the wolf hound
    madadh the wolf hound

    Is there a wrongly accused black man who was given the chance that white man had. To speak before top officials who failed him

  • madadh the wolf hound
    madadh the wolf hound

    I really hope that guy who said that the dog committed the crime they DILIBERATELY tryed to pin on him for being black got properly compensated and apologised to. But that's highly unlikely America is currupt from the bottom up

  • fosterchild4523

    "And if you think about it, that's absolutely terrifying. Trials can often be a situation where no one really knows what they are doing."..................yeah.......almost all trials are like that. Problem is that the average Joe doesn't realize that until it's THEIR fate being determined by all of the morons involved.

  • Randy Hollingworth
    Randy Hollingworth

    Stop the profanity please

  • sarah mcclain
    sarah mcclain

    But I really want this show to be real lol

  • Stephanie Biek
    Stephanie Biek

    I’d watch the crap out of this show ngl.

  • hizzouse kakashi
    hizzouse kakashi

    Did that woman get a job on handmaid's tale? I forget her characters name but she was also called ruby in the underground place.

  • Sebi Stamen
    Sebi Stamen

    3:29 you can hear him praising Joseph Stalin as part of an argument.

  • Alan Gardner
    Alan Gardner

    I would watch that ending trailer if that ever became a show

  • The King of Diddling
    The King of Diddling

    >shows clip from Bones >doesn't make the clip one of investigating actual bones the FUCKING NAME OF THE SHOW

  • a british guy
    a british guy

    when he explains that 9 people at already been executed and the audience gasps in horror at 4:59 the captions describe the audience as swooning.... dictionarydotcom: 'to enter a state of hysterical rapture or ecstasy: [e.g.] The teenagers swooned at the sight of the singing star.' whoops

  • allelbows97

    that dog is facing some "wruff justice"...………..AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

  • pop5678eye

    If you let scientists do their work instead of forcing them with 'make sure the conclusion is what I want' all of this could be avoided.

  • Lisa Stafford
    Lisa Stafford

    CSI - crime scene idiot - omg, that was hilarious.

  • Carl Bailey
    Carl Bailey

    Well yeah! Two ones is two. Zero is nothing, so a bunch of zeroes is just a bunch more nothing. I see two ones an a bunch of zeroes. Looks like two to me.... Deeeerrrrp.

  • Carl Bailey
    Carl Bailey

    The court asks you to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God, a giant invisible bi-polar grandaddy with a beard what lives in the sky... Helluva foundation for a civil society, that.

  • Chien Yang
    Chien Yang

    Because I can not read more than 5500 comments, I do not know if someone mentioned it already. Texas implemented forensic-investigation reform because of what happen to Timothy Brian Cole, whose case gave the justice system of Texas a huge black eye. If you do not know, please research it. The story made me sad and angry at the same time.

  • Nick Barer
    Nick Barer

    People don't care until it's them or a loved one in that situation. People are fucked.

  • Jack Jack
    Jack Jack

    1.1 Billion Live Crew

  • grace Gold
    grace Gold

    Wow. His hands really DO look like spiders... 😂

  • Pshanko

    It’s better to let 10 guilty people go free than to convict 1 innocent person. I’ll always believe that

  • Pat Nichols
    Pat Nichols

    The show crime scene idiot, absolutely needs to happen, I would totally watch that

  • HellStr82

    I would so watch that show :D

  • DynaMike

    Interestingly enough Ted Bundy was convicted by using bite mark analysis. And if you watch the trial, the "dental expert" is even asked "Are you sure within a reasonable degree of dental certainty?" by the prosecutor. I kid you not, lol.

  • JeevesReturns

    Brandon Mahue? So Badger did it?

  • Casey Broughton
    Casey Broughton

    “To a reasonable degree of scientific certainty” to me would imply a p value less than 0.05, ie that there is a less than 5% chance that the data correlation is merely due to random chance rather than an actual relation. This is fairly well accepted as a standard for rejecting the null hypothesis (ie establishing that an effect actually exists) to get published in a scientific journal. However, a 5% chance leaves HUGE room for reasonable doubt. 5% of the US population, for example, is 16.2 MILLION people. Even 5% of New York City, USA’s population is well over 400 000 people. That’s a lot of possible suspects.

  • Jayson Brown
    Jayson Brown

    Bite mark analysis was used to convict Ted Bundy 🤷🏻‍♂️

    • Master Markus
      Master Markus

      I'm _pretty sure_ there were more pieces of evidence then that. Like, in the same trial they had multiple witness testimony saying that he was at the scene of the crime and holding the murder weapon. It wasn't a conviction based on "they had no leads, but this one guy matched his teeth to a bite mark".

  • Smashing Pots
    Smashing Pots

    More importantly, the mayfield case demonstrates how pressures from politicians and officers can influence the final result of analysis can be influenced by extraneous factors. Look up Dror et al 2004 and 2008 for the technical study

  • Nx Doyle
    Nx Doyle

    We _are_ going backwards on this HUGE issue. Here's why. The most recent bona fide Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology was chartered by President George W Bush in September 2001. It was rechartered by President Obama and enlarged in size and scope. The Sept 2016 PCAST report, 'Forensic Science in Criminal Courts', came at the worst possible time, on the cusp of a change in administration. As outlined here, the PCAST report found serious issues in the analysis of forensic evidence and its application in criminal courts. Other evidence collection and analysis procedures, like ballistics, were also investigated. It's August 2019 as I write. The incumbent president has been in office for 940 days. Not only has the PCAST report been ignored, the incumbent has not made a single appointment to the council.

  • I Self Law Am Master! Arm leg leg arm head!
    I Self Law Am Master! Arm leg leg arm head!

    CSI and Internal Affairs need to be separate entity and a neutral agency.

  • Joe Baumgart
    Joe Baumgart

    Im a chemira. I have 2 different sets of finger prints, and 2 slightly different DNA signatures.

  • Kevin Meikle
    Kevin Meikle

    This is one of the reasons why the death penalty shouldn't exist.

  • Massive duck Network
    Massive duck Network

    Personally I think he pulled off those bangs pretty well

  • jody briggs
    jody briggs

    I remember watching some true crime doc of Netflix recently and the victim had clear bite marks on them. I don't watch a lot of true crime stuff. I like to think of myself as a reasonably intelligent person who's well read, but I was surprised to find I was snowed by this bullshit as well. I remember thinking, isn't bite mark analysis a thing? Can they not do a comparison with the suspect's teeth imprints? The doc explained basically the same as this, that that's more or less bullshit and completely inadmissible. Scary stuff though.

  • djz206

    5:03 first time I’ve heard John mess up

  • Artie Rupinen
    Artie Rupinen

    *does hair DNA test...... of a bald man* I have several questions.....

  • Thomas Anderson
    Thomas Anderson

    10/10 i need crime scene idiot in my life.

  • United Space Pirates
    United Space Pirates

    Fun Fact: Arming everyone is less expensive than cops, courts, and jails.

  • Daniel Keith
    Daniel Keith

    Kinda sad that the one time the Falcons are used as a positive graphic, it’s from the super bowl moments before disaster 😭

  • _RoB05 _
    _RoB05 _

    Who else thought the title was foreskin science?

  • Ayisha Audrain
    Ayisha Audrain

    John Oliver looks just fine with bangs

  • aidan Stenson
    aidan Stenson

    The only definition of trill I know of is the race that Jadzia Dax and Ezri Dax were a part of, in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

  • Grimm Reaper
    Grimm Reaper

    0:49 I'm sorry but you missed an opportunity here. You should have used the real TV show "Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp".

  • Riette

    How is CSI not a series yet?!!!!

  • Laurie Huntley
    Laurie Huntley

    Tv Shows are the worst thing that ever happened to science. That’s what Jurors expect and even though they know the TV STARS won’t come in, they will swallow anything with the worlds Of EXPERT WITNESSES??????? Jurors aren’t necessarily your Peers. ALOT!

  • khzoyesti

    lmao at 10:44 John says "which is, coincidentally," someone in the audience starts reacting already

  • RareSpeciman

    As a Texan, I'm surprised. I thought we were too busy remembering the Alamo.

  • Jeremiah Anglin
    Jeremiah Anglin

    this is a crazy world we live in. And scientifically, nobody knows shit.

  • Ophelia Is My Name
    Ophelia Is My Name

    I'm playing "Which show?" and I squealed when Cam came on

  • MrMagnusFogg

    ...take the face of this detective in 'Crime Scene Idiot' and put Trump's in its'll have the perfect match...I didn't mention changing the voice, because even the way of talking is Trump's...come to think of it, just change his hair...

  • GHustle4

    John do not ever do the dirty bird again smh....

  • GHustle4

    all classes should be private!! the media involved is not justice....BIg or small

  • GHustle4

    Aye man....get a confession and if they don't confess with the shit they know they did by all means DEATH if you are stupid enough to put your on the line for something you alleged to have committed if you did and you know they caught you and you know you did it confess if not fuck your life

  • misael alicea
    misael alicea

    I love the “Killer dog” in the CSI bit. He’s too cute, too deadly with a gun.

  • Ten Pound Sterling! (T£N!)
    Ten Pound Sterling! (T£N!)

    Law & Order director was arrested for Child Pornography, lmao.

  • Will Thompson
    Will Thompson

    And yet, plenty of bigoted idiots spread that 17/90 or whatever the heck it is crap talking about African Americans committing violent crime.......

  • Anthony Marshall
    Anthony Marshall

    Everyone assumed that Biden sniffing hair was creepy... I'm now assuming that he's an FBI robot, sent out to test as many samples as possible.

  • Johnny P
    Johnny P

    I'd watch every damn episode of John's CSI!

  • Johnny P
    Johnny P

    Sessions looks like an evil Keebler Elf

  • Alejandro Rodolfo Mendez
    Alejandro Rodolfo Mendez

    "monkey law and monkey order" would be an amazing show for hbo. also the one of identifying blood in a pool and also the crime scene idiot. LOL

  • Alexander von Makedonien
    Alexander von Makedonien

    Computer says yellow rectangle..... Computer says noooo.... :)

  • Margarita M.
    Margarita M.

    “Match! It’s a match! It’s a bingo!”

  • Elton Ellie
    Elton Ellie


  • Elton Ellie
    Elton Ellie

    In full affect😊👊🏼