Glamorization has always been my biggest complaint about the popularization of forensics on TV. Not that people think evidence can be processed in a manner of minutes, with a big flashing “MATCH” sign on the computer with a picture of the suspect, their social security number, and their current location grabbed from the GPS chip
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The CSI Effect — jurors who watch popular TV forensic programs are more likely to aquit if they feel not every possible forensic examination has been performed.
The Reverse CSI Effect — a predisposition of the juror to automatically believe the results of forensic testing.
I supposed the Reverse CSI Effect could be a problem, especially if you
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The Penn State Public Broadcasting department interviewed their own Professor Bob Shaler, director of the forensic science program at Penn State.
Professor Shaler’s interview is well worth watching. It covers many interesting aspects of forensic science, including the development of today’s DNA testing procedures in the United States.
Professor Shaler also hits on the following topics, which in
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The paragraph below sums up what the “CSI Effect” is brilliantly. The rest of the article goes on to talk about differences from the reality, and the popular TV show.
…a phenomenon called “the CSI effect” has been wryly noted, whereby CSI –savvy jurors have an unreasonably high expectation of what forensic evidence can prove. After all,
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An excellent article reiterating the effects TV shows like CSI are having on crime lab caseloads, juror opinions, as well as new defense attorney tactics.
Original article here.
Prime time pushes trend in crime forensics
By Josh Mitchell • Staff Writer
Waynesville defense attorney Don Patten has noticed an interesting trend among jurors in recent years.
They are hungry for hard
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