October 19, 2013: Marcia Clark on Judging Science: Evidence and Courts

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Join Jan Burke and former prosecutor Marcia Clark, author of Killer Ambition for a discussion on rules of evidence and how new scientific technologies become accepted by courts, what can go wrong to keep evidence out of a trial, and some of the ways forensic science is used in the plots of her legal thrillers.

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Places you can learn more about the topics discussed on Episode 4:

Marcia Clark

Basics of forensic law

Nolo’s legal dictionary

Federal Court Basics

Overview of US Court System

Rulings in legal challenges to fingerprints

Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute – Evidence Page

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Judge Donald E. Shelton has published several studies about forensic science and the courts Selected Works of Honorable Donald E. Shelton on Forensic Science

(These include “Forensic Science Evidence and Judicial Bias in Criminal Cases” and “Studying Juror Expectations for Scientific Evidence: A New Model for Looking at the CSI Myth and other studies.”)

“The CSI Effect: Does It Really Exist?”

The American Bar Association’s Science and Technology Law Group

Court cases affecting forensic psychology

Recent cases on forensic science testimony:

Melendez-Diaz vs Massachusetts

Bullcoming vs New Mexico

Basic Summary of the Rules of Evidence

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