A Techno-Legal Controversy

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 Techno-Legal Controversy

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This chapter reviews a controversy about forensic DNA testing that ran for several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s and which was brought to a head in the legal domain, particularly in contested admissibility hearings in U.S. state and federal courts. The key issue was whether DNA profiling retained its scientific status when it was transferred to the domain of criminal investigation. The most active phases of dispute included nonscientists such as judges and lawyers, as well as scientists and technical specialists from different fields.

Keywords: forensic DNA testing; admissibility hearings; federal courts; criminal investigation; scientific status

Chapter.  11682 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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