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Scientific Fraud

Criminal Law Bulletin, Vol. 46, 2010

Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-36

20 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2010  

Paul C. Giannelli

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Date Written: November 10, 2010

Abstract

Although scientific fraud is rare, when it occurs, it needs to be identified and documented. This article discusses two of the most notorious cases in forensic science. Part I focuses on the misconduct of Fred Zain, a serologist with the West Virginia State Police crime laboratory and later with the County Medical Examiner’s laboratory in San Antonio, Texas. Part II examines the misconduct of Joyce Gilchrist, a forensic examiner with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Keywords: Science, Fraud, Fred Zain, Joyce Gilchrist, Criminal Law, Evidence

JEL Classification: K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Giannelli, Paul C., Scientific Fraud (November 10, 2010). Criminal Law Bulletin, Vol. 46, 2010; Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1706949

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