Forensic Science in Court Challenges in the Twenty First Century

ISBN-10: 1442201886
ISBN-13: 9781442201880
Edition: 2010
Authors: Donald Shelton
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

List of Figures
Introduction
The History and Development of Forensic Scientific Evidence
The Problem of Junk Science: Frye and the Daubert Trilogy
DNA: The New Gold Standard
Admissibility of DNA at Trial
Postconviction DNA Testing
The "Who" Question
Fingerprint Evidence
Handwriting Comparison
More "Who" Questions
Hair Analysis
Bite-Mark Analysis
The "How" Question
Tool Marks and Firearms
Bullet Lead Comparison
Fire, Explosion, and Arson Evidence
Bloodstain Pattern Evidence
The "Whether" Question: Social Science Evidence in Criminal Cases
Eyewitness Identification Experts
Forensic Abuse Syndromes
Conclusions about Social Science Evidence
Jurors and Forensic Science Evidence
The "CSI" Myth
The "Tech" Effect
"Negative" Evidence
Voir Dire, Argument, and Jury Instructions
Conclusions: Where Do We Go from Here?
The Last Twenty Years: An Era of Doubt
Daubert's Change in the Legal Standard for Admissibility
The Emergence of DNA as a New Model for Forensic Scientific Evidence
The Impact of DNA Exonerations
The Impact of the National Academy of Sciences Report
The Impact of New Technology Awareness by Jurors
The Current State of Forensic Science Evidence in Criminal Cases
Thoughts about the Future of Criminal Forensic Science
Appendix: Recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences: Strengthening Forensic Science in the Unites States
Notes
Index
About the Author

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