Previous research has indicated that particular traits of the expert witness can affect their credibility in the eyes of the jury, however most of this research has been undertaken using mock jurors. In contrast, this study investigated the perceptions of real jurors. In particular, the research focused on the juror’s perception of the forensic scientists’ expertise and credibility during testimony in homicide cases.
Events from the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings to the rise of the #MeToo movement have brought child abuse, both sexual and non-sexual, out of the shadows. Still, decades-old allegations are often difficult to prove and may hinge on the memories of the people involved. What if there was a physical record of abuse stored in the body that could be analyzed scientifically?
Over the years, considerable technological development toward DNA typing in the bid to identify genetic markers has been undertaken. However, minimal efforts have been devoted to the determination of the end of the process. This is despite the fact that the procedure of DNA collection and recovery remains the most critical in the process of DNA analysis. Almost all assays demand sufficient amount of DNA both quantitatively and qualitatively. So, the success of DNA typing depends on the availability of existing DNA templates. Better methods are required to recover DNA, especially when addressing the most challenged samples such as touch DNA.
As Fitbit forensics become more common, this criminal defense attorney wonders how people seeking to mislead police will profit.
Since 2013, Florida has been the center of a battle over admissibility standards for expert witness testimony.