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Misleading DNA evidence : reasons for miscarriages of justice

Author: Peter Gill, (College teacher)
Publisher: London : Elsevier/Academic Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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DNA has become the gold standard by which a person can be placed at the scene of a crime, and the past decade has seen great advances in this powerful crime solving tool. But the statistics that analysts can attach to DNA evidence often vary, and in some cases the statistical weight assigned to that match, can vary enormously. The numbers provided to juries often overstate the evidence, and can result in a wrongful  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Gill, (College teacher)
ISBN: 9780124172142 0124172148
OCLC Number: 890508694
Description: xx, 174 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Contents: Foreword --
by John Butler --
Preface --
1.Definitions: Contamination and Interpretation --
2.A Deep Analysis of the Basic Causes of Interpretation Errors --
3.A Framework to Interpret S2Trace-DNAS3 Evidence Transfer --
4.National DNA Databases, Strength of Evidence and Error Rates --
5.Concluding Remarks: Illustrated by the Case of the Death of Merdith Kercher --
Glossary --
Bibliography --
Index
Responsibility: Peter Gill.

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DNA has become the gold standard by which a person can be placed at the scene of a crime, and the past decade has seen great advances in this powerful crime solving tool. But the statistics that analysts can attach to DNA evidence often vary, and in some cases the statistical weight assigned to that match, can vary enormously. The numbers provided to juries often overstate the evidence, and can result in a wrongful conviction. In addition to statistics, the way the evidence is collected, stored and analyzed can also result in a wrongful conviction due to contamination. This book reviews high-profile and somewhat contentious cases to illustrate these points, including the death of Meredith Kercher. It examines crucial topics such as characterization of errors and determination of error rates, reporting DNA profiles and the source and sub-source levels, and the essentials of statement writing. It is a concise, readable resource that will help not only scientists, but legal professionals with limited scientific backgrounds, to understand the intricacies of DNA use in the justice system.

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