A Revolution in Forensic Science?

in Truth Machine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226498065
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226498089 | DOI:
A Revolution in Forensic Science?

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the scientific revolution in forensic science. The book traces how forensic DNA testing attained such extraordinary status, analyzes some of its implications for criminal justice, and considers how the attribution of scientific status to DNA evidence seems to have lifted it above and beyond the contestable status of other forms of expert and nonexpert evidence. It examines courtroom dialogues and judicial summaries of trials and admissibility hearings in which DNA profile evidence was challenged, and argues that the credibility of DNA fingerprinting and its occasional vulnerability to attack arises from institutional practices that support or undermine the credibility of less glamorous forms of criminal evidence.

Keywords: forensic science; DNA testing; criminal justice; expert evidence; nonexpert evidence; trials; DNA profile; DNA fingerprinting; criminal evidence

Chapter.  9766 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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