Spring 2014
    Law No.: LAW9210
    Sched. No.: 114219495

Scientific Evidence*
Section 1
Garrett, Brandon L.
Monahan, John T.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):F, 1300-1500 (WB121)
Capacity:16 **This information is current as of 04/17/2014 06:14:37 AM**
Current Enrollment:12 **This information is current as of 04/17/2014 06:14:37 AM**
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Course Description:

Lawyers frequently call upon scientists to provide evidence in legal disputes: a case can turn on who wins a "battle of the experts." This seminar examines the theoretical and the practical questions raised by the use of scientific evidence in our legal system. We will begin by examining the standards for the admissibility for scientific evidence, focusing on the Supreme Court's ruling in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals and its effects. After several introductory classes, students will present papers analyzing the legal use and admissibility of specific types of scientific evidence, including: forensic evidence (such as DNA and fingerprint evidence); sampling evidence, eyewitness identification evidence; polygraph evidence; violence risk assessment evidence; and psychological and biological syndrome evidence. Throughout the course, we will discuss the legal, philosophical, and scientific conceptions of the scientific expert’s role. We will also explore the competence of the jury to assess scientific evidence, and possible alternatives to the jury system for cases raising complex scientific issues.

NOTE: Laptops are not allowed during class sessions.

COURSE REQUIREMENT: Two response papers and one longer paper required