Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=944244
 
 

Footnotes (53)



 


 



Revisiting 'Dreyfus': A More Complete Account of a Trial by Mathematics


David H. Kaye


The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law


Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 91, No. 3, pp. 825-835, February 2007

Abstract:     
Legal literature and case law depicts the infamous conviction of Alfred Dreyfus for treason and espionage in 1899 as a prime example of the irresistible power of even grossly fallacious mathematical demonstrations to overwhelm a legal tribunal. This essay shows that Dreyfus is not a case of mathematics run amok, unchecked and uncomprehended. To the contrary, the defects in the mathematical proof were dramatically exposed, and this evidence did not lead Dreyfus's judges to condemn him. This history undercuts the reliance of modern courts and commentators on Dreyfus as an indication or illustration of the alleged dangers of probability evidence in criminal cases.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 11

Keywords: Legal history, Dreyfus, probability, statistics, handwriting, scientific evidence

Accepted Paper Series





Download This Paper

Date posted: November 13, 2006  

Suggested Citation

Kaye, David H., Revisiting 'Dreyfus': A More Complete Account of a Trial by Mathematics. Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 91, No. 3, pp. 825-835, February 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=944244

Contact Information

David H. Kaye (Contact Author)
The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law ( email )
Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States
814 865-8974 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://law.psu.edu/faculty/resident_faculty/kaye
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 1,083
Downloads: 235
Download Rank: 76,190
Footnotes:  53

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo1 in 0.297 seconds