DNA as Evidence in the Courtroom
Forensic DNA Applications: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 509-25 (Dragan Primorac & Moses Schanfield eds. 2014)
19 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2014 Last revised: 20 Aug 2015
Date Written: 2014
This paper appears in Forensic DNA Applications: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, a textbook and reference work on forensic molecular biology prepared for the International Society of Applied Biological Sciences. Originally submitted in January 2012, the chapter outlines the legal principles that govern the admissibility of scientific evidence, briefly surveys the history of legal challenges to forensic DNA typing, and simply identifies some current legal issues in the use of the technology in trials.
Keywords: DNA evidence, probability evidence, database searches, low template DNA
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