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The (near) irrelevance of Daubert to criminal justice and some suggestions for reform.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16030325     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Daubert v Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc should have an extraordinary impact on criminal litigation, because there is rarely a criminal trial that does not rely on some form of expert testimony. In fact, it is almost irrelevant. Despite the frequency of prosecution proffered scientific and expert testimony in criminal cases, Daubert is rarely invoked to challenge it. In civil cases, when expert testimony is challenged in criminal proceedings, the outcome could not be more different. Because most violent crimes are committed by the poor, their court appointed advocates--overworked and under-financed--are not up to the challenge. In the absence of a system of effective representation, Daubert will not improve scientific evidence in criminal cases. The only way to guard against the misapplication of forensic science is to impose controls and reforms long before the cases come to court.
Peter J Neufeld
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Legal Cases    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  95 Suppl 1     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-20     Completed Date:  2005-09-22     Revised Date:  2006-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S107-13     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
The Innocence Project, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 100 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Criminal Law / legislation & jurisprudence,  standards*
DNA Fingerprinting / legislation & jurisprudence
Drug Industry / legislation & jurisprudence
Forensic Sciences / legislation & jurisprudence,  methods,  standards*
Judicial Role*
Liability, Legal*
Public Policy*
Rape / legislation & jurisprudence
Reproducibility of Results
Science / legislation & jurisprudence,  standards*
Supreme Court Decisions*
United States

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