Black Robes, White Coats: The Puzzle of Judicial Policymaking and Scientific Evidence PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Prof. Rebecca C. C. Harris

Black Robes, White Coats: The Puzzle of Judicial Policymaking and Scientific Evidence

Rutgers University Press
Publication date: September 2008
ISBN: 9780813545646
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Scientific evidence is commonplace in today⿿s criminal trials. From hair and handwriting analysis to ink and DNA fingerprints, scientists have brought their world to bear on the justice system. Combining political analysis, scientific reasoning, and an in-depth study of specific state supreme court cases, Black Robes, White Coats is an interdisciplinary examination of the tradition of ⿿gatekeeping,⿝ the practice of deciding the admissibility of novel scientific evidence. Rebecca Harris systematically examines judicial policymaking in three areas⿿forensic DNA, polygraphs, and psychological syndrome evidence⿿to answer the question: Why is scientific evidence treated differently among various jurisdictions? These decisions have important implications for evaluating our judicial system and its ability to accurately develop scientific policy. Harris concludes that while political variables are heavily influential, judges are well-positioned to render appropriate rulings based on their legal expertise and political knowledge.
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