Title

Legal Considerations for Acceptance of New Forensic Methods in Court

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2004

Subject: LCSH

Forensic sciences, DNA

Disciplines

Forensic Science and Technology

Abstract

DNA profiles obtained from a forensic case example can exclude an individual as a possible source of the sample or include this individual as a potential donor, often with a high degree of discrimination. Initially, courts responded cautiously to the powerful individualizing abilities of DNA, recognizing the complexity of DNA typing procedures and the difficulty of presenting such results to a jury. However, a plethora of research, evaluation, and technical advancement as well as the education of the court have transformed the attitudes of judge and jury into a level of general understanding and acceptance for human DNA typing methods.

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Publisher Citation

Palmbach, T. and Shutler, Gary. Legal Considerations for Acceptance of New Forensic Methods in Court in Forensic Botany: Principles and Applications to Criminal Casework, edited by Heather Miller Coyle. Boca Raton, Fla., CRC Press, 2004, pp. 197-216.