Forensic Science Evidence and Judicial Bias in Criminal Cases
The Judges’ Journal, American Bar Association, Vol. 49, No. 3, p. 18, Summer 2010
7 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2010
Date Written: September 14, 2010
Although DNA exonerations and the NAS report have raised serious questions about the validity of many traditional non-DNA forms of forensic science evidence, criminal court judges continue to admit virtually all prosecution-proferred expert testimony. It is is suggested that this is the result of a systemic pro-prosecution bias by judges that is reflected in admissibility decisions. These “attitudinal blinders” are especially prevalent in state criminal trial and appellate courts.
Keywords: forensic science, evidence, judicial bias, judges, Daubert
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