Misleading DNA Evidence

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Misleading DNA Evidence: A Guide for Scientists, Judges, and Lawyers presents the reasons miscarriages of justice can occur when dealing with DNA, what the role of the forensic scientist is throughout the process, and how judges and lawyers can educate themselves about all of the possibilities to consider when dealing with cases that involve DNA evidence.

DNA has become the gold standard by which a person can be placed at the scene of a crime, and the past decade has seen great advances in this powerful crime solving tool. But the statistics that analysts can attach to DNA evidence often vary, and in some cases the statistical weight assigned to that match, can vary enormously. The numbers provided to juries often overstate the evidence, and can result in a wrongful conviction. In addition to statistics, the way the evidence is collected, stored and analyzed can also result in a wrongful conviction due to contamination.

This book reviews high-profile and somewhat contentious cases to illustrate these points, including the death of Meredith Kercher. It examines crucial topics such as characterization of errors and determination of error rates, reporting DNA profiles and the source and sub-source levels, and the essentials of statement writing. It is a concise, readable resource that will help not only scientists, but legal professionals with limited scientific backgrounds, to understand the intricacies of DNA use in the justice system.

  • Ideal reference for scientists and for those without extensive scientific backgrounds
  • Written by one of the pioneers in forensic DNA typing and interpretation of DNA profiling results
  • Ideal format for travel, court environments, or wherever easy access to reference material is vital
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Misleading Dna Evidence


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Author by : Peter Gill
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2014-06-18
Publisher by : Elsevier

Misleading DNA Evidence: A Guide for Scientists, Judges, and Lawyers presents the reasons miscarriages of just

Misleading Dna Evidence


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Author by : Peter Gill
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2014-06-01
Publisher by : Academic Press

DNA has become the gold standard by which a person can be placed at the scene of a crime, and the past decade

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Author by : Jane Moira Taupin
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2016-04-21
Publisher by : CRC Press

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Author by : Joseph L. Gastwirth
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2012-12-06
Publisher by : Springer Science & Business Media

Expert testimony relying on scientific and other specialized evidence has come under increased scrutiny by the

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Author by : David J. Balding
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2015-05-18
Publisher by : John Wiley & Sons

DNA evidence is widely used in the modern justice system. Statistical methodology plays a key role in ensuring

Forensic Science Under Siege


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Author by : Kelly Pyrek
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2010-07-27
Publisher by : Elsevier

Forensic science laboratories' reputations have increasingly come under fire. Incidents of tainted evidence, f

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Author by : Wendy J Koen
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2016-12-16
Publisher by : Academic Press

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