Chains of Custody and Administrative Objectivity

in Truth Machine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226498065
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226498089 | DOI:
Chains of Custody and Administrative Objectivity

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This chapter focuses on the arguments about practical errors in the use of forensic DNA evidence, especially in relation to the so-called called “chains of custody” or “continuity of evidence.” It explains that continuity of evidence can be construed as a variant of what is sometimes called “constancy” or “accordance” in gestalt and phenomenological theories of perception, while chains of custody are a key issue in the practical construction and deconstruction of forensic evidence. These theories address how separate moments of perception can be experienced as being related to an identical object or constant field, despite variations in perspective and appearance.

Keywords: forensic DNA evidence; chains of evidence; continuity of evidence; theories of perception; forensic evidence; moments of perception

Chapter.  11141 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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