Forensic Testimony: Science, Law and Expert Evidence (BOK)

C. Michael Bowers

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Expert witness books tend to be dry and strictly formulative in style. Most provide lists of evidence rules (in mind-numbing legalese) and tips about being clever and convincing in court. You won't find much of that in Forensic Testimony: Science, Law and Forensic Evidence. His book focuses on the responsibilities of witnesses going into courts to speak on their forensic technical expertise and analyses. Forensic Testimony does have a broad view of legal terms and vocabulary available as a glossary, but each of the 12 chapters take on the hard subjects present in today's cases, courtrooms, and news media. Information regarding "junk versus "established or validated forensic subjects. These topics are sharply discussed and cover subjects such as forensic fraud, forensic negligence, and incompetence. So expect the "good with the "bad as this book shows why the NAS 2009 report of "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States" has been singularly ignored by most forensic practitioner groups. This is a true failure of effect never seen in the history of the National Research Council researchers of the NAS (formed in 1916 to provide independent scientific advice for the US government). Full documentation of failures of individual experts and some less than scientifically validated forensics are compared to proper conduct, attitude and presentation of actual "scientific data versus personal opinion. The fallacy in forensic circles that "it's not real science but we still do good work is thrown against cases of criminal exonerations after erroneous convictions aided by misguided forensic experts and their "court-accepted but "not so validated methods. In closing, Forensic Testimony should be an eye-opener for students studying criminal justice and forensic science. The old-guard forensic experts (and their progeny) are well described as they continue to preach their self-righteous claims of 100% accuracy and service to their communities as a substitute for proper validation. Prosecution lawyers and their opponents in the Criminal Defense bar will learn about how wrongful convictions are occurring throughout the US justice system when bad forensics or overreaching forensic experts participate in courts. Judges interested in education and legal research should find the book stimulating with its content of case-based critique of expert witnesses calling themselves "scientists but lacking a grasp of the scientific method as support. * A multi-disciplinary forensic reference examining the strengths and weaknesses of forensic science in courtroom testimony* Focuses on forensic testimony and judicial decisions in light of all the Rules, case interpretations, and the NAS report findings* Case studies, some from the Innocence Project, assist the reader in distinguishing good testimony from bad


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter C. Michael Bowers
ISBN 9780123970053
Antall sider 296 Dimensjoner 19,1cm x 23,5cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 721 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Forensic science