Forensic Science in Court: Challenges in the Twenty-First Century (Paperback)

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Donald E. Shelton is chief judge of the Michigan 22nd Judicial Circuit and adjunct criminology and political science professor at Eastern Michigan University. After an earlier career as a successful trial attorney, he has been a criminal court judge for twenty years and has presided over many high-profile trials. Judge Shelton has written and lectured extensively about the impact of modern technology on our judicial system and especially on juries.
"You couldn't find a better source for grasping the issues confronting the field of forensic science today than this book. As a trial judge, Donald E. Shelton has observed the legal process from its most critical perspective, so who better than a gatekeeper' to guide us?"---Katherine Ramsland, DeSales University; author of Beating the Devil's Game: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

"In this highly readable book, Judge Shelton vividly illustrates that all too often forensic evidence does not meet the test of scientific validity. This is essential reading for lawyers, judges, jurors, investigators, policymakers, and citizens who care about their court system."---Nancy S. Marder, Chicago-Kent College of Law

"This book is a very readable, entertaining, concise, and enlightening account of the history of the use of forensic science evidence in criminal trials. This book is a valuable resources for lawyers, judges, and students. I highly recommend it."---Thomas K. Clancy, director, National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law, University of Mississippi school of Law

Forensic Science in Court explores the legal implications of forensic science---an increasingly important and complex part of the justice system. Judge Donald E. Shelton provides an accessible overview of the legal issues, from the history of scientific evidence in court, to "gatekeeper" judges determining what evidence can be allowed, to the "CSI effect" in juries. The book examines the strengths and limitations of various kinds of forensic science, including DNA, fingerprints, handwriting, hair, bite marks, tool marks, firearms and bullets, fire and arson investigation, and bloodstain evidence. Case studies help bring issues to life and show how forensic science has been used, both successfully and not, in real-world situations.


ISBN 9781442201880
Genre LAW / Forensic Science
Format Paperback
Pages 183
Publisher Date 2010-08-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
Copyright Year 2011
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 0.5 in
Unit weight 0.7 lb
Language English
Subtitle Challenges in the Twenty-First Century
Series Name Issues in Crime & Justice
Audience College/higher education
Authors Shelton, Donald E.
Country of Origin United States

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