Logical Relevance: Problems with the Reference Population and DNA Mixtures in People V. Pizarro

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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David H. Kaye

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

Date Written: SEPTEMBER 2004

Abstract

The concept of relevance is fundamental to the law of evidence. A California court of appeals recently invoked this concept to deem inadmissible estimates of the relative frequency of an incriminating DNA type in major racial groups and computations relating to a mixture of DNA from more than one person. This article shows that these statistics are relevant evidence because they help the factfinder assess the significance of matching DNA types under various hypotheses that might be entertained about the origin of the DNA samples.

Keywords: evidence, relevance, DNA evidence, race and ethnicity, interpretation of mixed stains

Suggested Citation

Kaye, David H., Logical Relevance: Problems with the Reference Population and DNA Mixtures in People V. Pizarro (SEPTEMBER 2004). Law, Probability and Risk, Vol. 3, pp. 211-220, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=805084

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