Bible Reading: DNA Evidence in Arizona

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David H. Kaye

PSU - Penn State Law (University Park); ASU - College of Law & School of Life Sciences

Date Written: November 25, 1996


This article criticizes two significant opinions of the Arizona Supreme Court on the general acceptance of random-match probabilities for DNA evidence. It shows that these opinions misuse scientific terms, misrepresent the simple product rule, and misread expert testimony in ways that affect the rules for admitting DNA evidence. It discusses procedures that might assist appellate courts and help produce opinions that present scientific information more accurately.

Keywords: forensic science, DNA evidence, probability evidence, scientific evidence, population genetics

Suggested Citation

Kaye, David H., Bible Reading: DNA Evidence in Arizona (November 25, 1996). Arizona State Law Journal, Vol. 28, pp. 1035-1077, 1996, Available at SSRN:

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