Donald E. Shelton is Associate Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice
Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He was a Circuit Judge of the 22d
Circuit Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan for over 24 years. 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. Dr. Shelton has authored numerous books and
articles. His primary interests include the jury system, criminal procedure, and the
impact of science and technology on our legal systems. 



Ashes and Sparks Viewed from Across the Pond (book review), Critical Criminology: An International Journal (2013)

American Judge Donald Shelton reviews "Ashes and Sparks: Essays on Law and Justice" by British...



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...




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

Forensic Science Evidence and Miscarriages of Justice, Advances in Forensic Human Identification (2014)

Discusses miscarriages of justice in forensic human identification, debating the weaknesses in seemingly reliable forensic...


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...



• Bias in Forensic Science Evidence: From the Laboratory to the Courtroom, Essentials of Forensic Science for Legal Professionals, West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative (2014)

Identifies and discusses bias in forensic evidence evaluations by scientists and judges


• The Admissibility of Human Scent Evidence: From Bloodhounds to the Body Farm (with Jose Baez), American Academy of Forensic Sciences 66th Annual Scientific Meeting (2014)

Reviews the admissibility of human scent evidence by canine detection and reviews the admissibility of...


Forensic Expert Bias: A Judicial Perspective, Bias in Forensics" Workshop, American Academy of Forensic Sciences 66th Annual Scientific Meeting (2014)

Identifies and discusses potential sources of bias by forensic evidence scientists and judges


• Can the Defense Attorney Win (or even get) an Admissibility Hearing: Daubert, the NAS Report, Inadequate Lawyering, and Biased Judges, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2013)

Discusses the discrepancies between prosecution and defense forensic evidence admissibility.


Judicial Bias and Scientific Evidence in Criminal Cases, American Academy of Forensic Sciences 65th Annual Scientific Meeting (2013)

Discusses the causes of judicial bias in the admission of forensic science evidence