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Abstract: Forensic science is usually taken to mean the application of a broad spectrumof scientific tools to answer questions of interest to the legal system.Despite such popular television series as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation andits spinoffs-CSI: Miami and CSI: New York-on which the forensic scientistsuse the latest high-tech scientific tools to identify the perpetrator of acrime and always in under an hour, forensic science is under assault, in thepublic media, popular magazines Talbot 2007, Toobin 2007 and in thescientific literature Kennedy 2003, Saks and Koehler 2005. Ironically,this growing controversy over forensic science has occurred precisely at thetime that DNA evidence has become the ``gold standard- in the courts, leadingto the overturning of hundreds of convictions many of which were based onclearly less credible forensic evidence, including eyewitness testimony Berger2006.

Author: Stephen E. Fienberg

Source: https://arxiv.org/

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