Donald E. Shelton is the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan and
has been on the bench for over 20 years. He is an adjunct faculty member teaching
Forensic Science Evidence at Cooley Law School and criminal justice and political science
courses at Eastern Michigan University. He received his PhD in Judicial Studies from the
University of Nevada, his M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan
University, his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and his B.A from Western
Michigan University. He has authored numerous books and and articles. His primary
interests include the jury system, criminal procedure, and the impact of science and
technology in the law. 



Studying Juror Expectations for Scientific Evidence: A New Model for Looking at the CSI Myth (with Gregg Barak and Young S. Kim), Court Review (2011)

This article reviews the results of two empirical studies of large groups of Michigan jurors...



How reason for surgery and patient weight affect verdicts and perceptions in medical malpractice trials: A comparison of students and jurors (with Jenny Reichert, Monica K. Miller, and Brian H. Bornstein), Behavioral Sciences & The Law (2011)

Jurors' decision-making processes are often influenced by extra-legal factors, including judgments of defendants and plaintiffs....



Forensic Science Evidence and Judicial Bias in Criminal Cases, The Judges' Journal, American Bar Association (2010)

Although DNA exonerations and the NAS report have raised serious questions about the validity of...



Juror Expectations for Scientific Evidence in Criminal Cases: Perceptions and Reality About the "CSI Effect" Myth, Thomas M. Cooley Law Review (2010)

This article originated from the author's presentation at the 2010 Cooley Law School Symposium on...



An Indirect-Effects Model of Mediated Adjudication: The CSI Myth, the Tech Effect, and Metropolitan Jurors' Expectations for Scientific Evidence (with Young S. Kim and Gregg Barak), Vanderbilt Journal of Enterntainment & Technology Law (2009)

Part I of this article defines the "CSI effect", given that the phrase has come...




Forensic Science Evidence: Can the Law Keep Up with Science?, (2012)

Judge Shelton describes the startling questions that have arisen about the reliability of many forms...



Forensic Science in Court: Challenges in the Twenty First Century (Issues in Crime and Justice) (2010)

Forensic Science in Court explores the legal implications of forensic science—an increasingly important and complex...


Contributions to Books

CSI Effect, Battleground: Criminal Justice (2007)

Unpublished Papers


The Admissibility of Social Science Evidence in Criminal Cases (2009)

The rapid development of emerging scientific methods, especially the increased understanding of deoxyribonucleic acid ("DNA"),...



The Current State of Domestic Violence Courts in the United States, 2007, National Center for State Courts White Paper (2007)

This is an effort to collect, update and catalogue a list of specialized domestic violence...



A Database of Persons Convicted of Felonies in Washtenaw County, Michigan, 1990-2007 (2007)

This study is a database of information from Washtenaw County, Michigan, court records of approximately...



An Evaluation of the Status Offense Diversion Program in the Juvenile Court of Washtenaw County (2007)

The Washtenaw Juvenile Court Status Offense Diversion Program was implemented in 2002 to provide effective...