Forensic Science on Trial: The Honorable Donald Shelton on Forensic Science and the Courts

Donald Shelton

Join Jan Burke and D.P. Lyle for a fascinating interview with a leading expert on forensic science and the criminal justice system.  Are judges without scientific training the best gatekeepers for forensic science evidence? Do television dramas really influence juror demands for scientific evidence — perhaps unreasonably? Judge Donald Shelton has studied these matters and seen their real-life implications.

Currently the Director of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Michigan, the Honorable Donald E Shelton served as as the Chief Judge in the 22nd Judicial Court — the Washtenaw County Trial Court, where he was a circuit court judge from 1990 until his retirement from the bench last year. In addition to his law degree, he has advanced degrees in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Judicial Studies, and has taught at the college level since 1971. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and studies on forensic science evidence and the judicial system — as well as other topics concerning criminal justice. Two of his most recent works are Forensic Science in Court: Challenges in the Twenty-first Century and Forensic Science Evidence: Can the Law Keep Up With Science?

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LINKS:

Links to Selected Works of Hon. Donald E. Shelton http://works.bepress.com/donald_shelton/

Selected works on Research Gate http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Donald_Shelton/publications

Curriculum Vitae of Hon. Donald E. Shelton http://works.bepress.com/donald_shelton/cv.pdf

“Forensic Science Evidence and Judicial Bias in Criminal Cases” The Judges’ Journal, American Bar Association 49.3 (2010): 18-24. http://works.bepress.com/donald_shelton/17/

“Juror Expectations for Scientific Evidence in Criminal Cases: Perceptions and Reality About the “CSI Effect” Myth” Thomas M. Cooley Law Review 27.1 (2010): 1-35. http://www.npr.org/documents/2011/feb/shelton-CSI-study.pdf
“Criminal Justice System Sees ‘CSI Effect’,” Tell Me More, National Public Radio, August 6, 2007, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12525741
“The ‘CSI Effect’: Does It Really Exist?” National Institute of Justice Website, http://www.nij.gov/journals/259/pages/csi-effect.aspx
Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Donald Shelton will retire in September, ” The Ann Arbor News, April 08, 2014 http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/04/chief_washtenaw_county_judge_w.html

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