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Forensic technology

Author: Sylvia Engdahl
Publisher: Detroit : Greenhaven Press, ©2011.
Series: Current controversies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Product Description: Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of primary sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields. This unique approach provides students with a concise view of divergent opinions on each topic. Extensive book and periodical bibliographies and a list of organizations to contact are also included.
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Genre/Form: Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sylvia Engdahl
ISBN: 9780737749113 0737749113 9780737749120 0737749121
OCLC Number: 607477022
Description: 258 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword --
Introduction --
Is Forensic Technology Unreliable? --
Chapter preface --
Yes: Many common forensic technologies have not been scientifically validated --
Quality of forensic investigation varies widely due to a lack of standards / National Research Council --
More research in forensic science is needed to prevent wrongful convictions / Peter Neufeld --
Both fraud and error in forensic investigation are common / Radley Balko and Roger Koppl --
There is no scientific basis for trusting fingerprint evidence / Simon A Cole --
Defense now has the right to question forensic analysts during trials / Lyle Denniston --
No: Forensic evidence is not as unreliable as recent reports suggest --
Efforts to solve the problems of forensic science are already underway / Tabatha Wethal --
Official report on the state of forensics is interfering with prosecutions / Barry Matson --
Forensic technology has been wrongly criticized as unscientific / Crime Lab Report --
Does The CSI Effect Influence Verdicts In Jury Trails --
Yes: Juries and lawyers are affected by fictional portrayals of crime investigation --
TV drama CSI is affecting how jurors react in real-life trials / Richard Willing --
CSI effect is leading to unwarranted acquittals / Jeffrey Heinrick --
Judges should take steps to counter CSI's influence on jurors / Joshua K Marquis --
Criminal litigation process is being altered by fear of the CSI effect / Tamara F Lawson --
No: There is no evidence that TV fiction has changed jury behavior --
Expectations of forensic evidence has no bearing on jurors' decisions / Donald E Shelton --
CSI effect exists only in the minds of those who propose it / Kimberlianne Podlas --
Wide media coverage of the CSI effect may itself influence jury reactions / Simon A Cole and Rachel Dioso-Villa --
Can new forensic technologie determine if someone is lying? --
Chapter preface --
Yes: New technologies can detect concealment of information or dishonesty --
Recordings of brain activity show whether a fact is stored in someone's memory / Sam Simon --
Brain scanning accurately detects lies during experiments / Malcolm Ritter --
Hand-held lie detectors may be useful for screening purposes / Bill Dedman --
No: Lie detection technologies are not accurate enough to use in criminal investigations --
Assumption that physical reactions can detect lying is not valid / Melissa Mitchell --
Brain scanning has not been sufficiently tested for public use / Aalok Mehta --
Voice stress analysis cannot adequately distinguish lies from truth / Kelly R Damphousse --
What improvements in forensic technology are being tried? --
Chapter preface --
Improved techniques for analyzing stains provide information about crimes / Matt Martin --
Micro-stamping of firearms is not an effective means of identifying criminals / Wendy Wang --
DNA testing is now being used with non-violent crimes / Dan Morse --
DNA samples can provide clues to a crime suspect's physical appearance / Evan Pellegrino --
CT scanning has many advantages over conventional autopsies / Douglas Page --
Attempts are underway to make bite mark analysis more scientific / Todd Richmond --
Soil analysis is becoming a powerful technique for crime investigation / Louise Murray --
Research on decomposing bodies provides important data for forensics / Mike Osborne --
Organizations to contact --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Current controversies.
Responsibility: Sylvia Engdahl, book editor.

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Product Description: Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of primary sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields. This unique approach provides students with a concise view of divergent opinions on each topic. Extensive book and periodical bibliographies and a list of organizations to contact are also included.

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