The Coming Paradigm Shift in Forensic Identification Science
Michael J. Saks
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Jonathan J. Koehler
Northwestern University - School of Law
Science, Vol. 309, p. 892, August 2005
Converging legal and scientific forces are pushing the traditional forensic identification sciences toward fundamental change. The assumption of discernible uniqueness that resides at the core of these fields is weakened by evidence of errors in proficiency testing and in actual cases. Changes in the law pertaining to the admissibility of expert evidence in court, together with the emergence of DNA typing as a model for a scientifically defensible approach to questions of shared identity, are driving the older forensic sciences toward a new scientific paradigm.
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Keywords: forensic science, scientific evidence, forensicsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 26, 2007
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