Spring 2015
    Law No.: LAW9230
    Sched. No.: 115219157

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

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):M, 1300-1500 (WB129)
Capacity:16 **This information is current as of 05/28/2015 06:15:17 AM**
Current Enrollment:15 **This information is current as of 05/28/2015 06:15:17 AM**

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 forensic 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 forensic evidence including: DNA, handwriting, fingerprints, magnetic resonance imaging, and polygraphs. Throughout the seminar, we will discuss the legal, philosophic, and scientific conceptions of the forensic expert’s role. We will also explore the competence of lawyers, judges, and jurors to assess forensic evidence. The work of the recently-formed National Commission on Forensic Science will be emphasized.