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Science in the Courtroom February 6, 2009

Posted by C. Steves in Science & society.
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Has the U.S. legal system been improperly relying on forensic evidence in it's judicial practices?

Has the U.S. legal system been improperly relying on forensic evidence in it's judicial practices?

Hello everyone! I just saw this article on a website I frequent and I thought it was quite fitting for our discussion a few weeks ago on the Haack article we read. Please disregard the referance to “lol-cats” in the image, I swear the site is usually displays maturity in it’s postings.

Anyway, it’s a brief blurb about educating judges on what “scientific” evidence is, with a mention of the Daubert vs. Dow case from thae Haack article. It also includes a link to a New York Times article that recently broke discussing some problems with the current practices in forensics and the use of D.N.A. evidence. It’s nothing revolutionary but was a nice update on how the quest for good science in the courtroom is progressing.

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