Misleading DNA Evidence
  • Release Date : 01 June 2014
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Genre : Law
  • Pages : 100 pages
  • ISBN 13 : 0124172148
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Download or read book entitled Misleading DNA Evidence by author: Peter Gill which was release on 01 June 2014 and published by Academic Press with total page 100 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. DNA has become the gold standard by which a person can be placed at the scene of a crime, and the past decade has seen great advances in this powerful crime solving tool. But the statistics that analysts can attach to DNA evidence often vary, and in some cases the statistical weight assigned to that match, can vary enormously. The numbers provided to juries often overstate the evidence, and can result in a wrongful conviction. In addition to statistics, the way the evidence is collected, stored and analyzed can also result in a wrongful conviction due to contamination. This book reviews high-profile and somewhat contentious cases to illustrate these points, including the death of Meredith Kercher. It examines crucial topics such as characterization of errors and determination of error rates, reporting DNA profiles and the source and sub-source levels, and the essentials of statement writing. It is a concise, readable resource that will help not only scientists, but legal professionals with limited scientific backgrounds, to understand the intricacies of DNA use in the justice system.

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