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Forensic Science Evidence and Judicial Bias in Criminal Cases
The Judges' Journal, American Bar Association (2010)
  • Hon. Donald E. Shelton, Eastern Michigan University
Abstract

Although DNA exonerations and the NAS report have raised serious questions about the validity of many traditional non-DNA forms of forensic science evidence, criminal court judges continue to admit virtually all prosecution-proferred expert testimony. It is is suggested that this is the result of a systemic pro-prosecution bias by judges that is reflected in admissibility decisions. These "attitudinal blinders" are especially prevalent in state criminal trial and appellate courts.

Keywords
  • forensic science,
  • evidence,
  • judicial bias,
  • judges,
  • Daubert
Publication Date
Summer 2010
Citation Information
Hon. Donald E. Shelton. "Forensic Science Evidence and Judicial Bias in Criminal Cases" The Judges' Journal, American Bar Association Vol. 49 Iss. 3 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/donald_shelton/17/