Forensic Science Under Siege

Forensic Science Under Siege

The Challenges of Forensic Laboratories and the Medico-Legal Investigation System

1st Edition - February 23, 2007

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  • Author: Kelly Pyrek
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080471075

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Description

Forensic science laboratories' reputations have increasingly come under fire. Incidents of tainted evidence, false reports, allegations of negligence, scientifically flawed testimony, or - worse yet - perjury in in-court testimony, have all served to cast a shadow over the forensic sciences. Instances of each are just a few of the quality-related charges made in the last few years. Forensic Science Under Siege is the first book to integrate and explain these problematic trends in forensic science. The issues are timely, and are approached from an investigatory, yet scholarly and research-driven, perspective. Leading experts are consulted and interviewed, including directors of highly visible forensic laboratories, as well as medical examiners and coroners who are commandeering the discussions related to these issues. Interviewees include Henry Lee, Richard Saferstein, Cyril Wecht, and many others. The ultimate consequences of all these pressures, as well as the future of forensic science, has yet to be determined. This book examines these challenges, while also exploring possible solutions (such as the formation of a forensic science consortium to address specific legislative issues). It is a must-read for all forensic scientists.

Key Features

  • Provides insight on the current state of forensic science, demands, and future direction as provided by leading experts in the field
  • Consolidates the current state of standards and best-practices of labs across disciplines
  • Discusses a controversial topic that must be addressed for political support and financial funding of forensic science to improve

Readership

Forensic DNA/genetic specialists, law enforcement and criminal investigators, crime scene technicians, private forensic consultants, general forensic community (trace experts, fingerprint, ballistics, etc.), crime laboratory directors and technicians, medical examiners, coroners and forensic pathologists, forensic nurses, prosecutors, and law enforcement, Forensic science and criminal justice 4- and 2-year college students, high school students, forensic nurses, prosecutors, defense attorneys, district attorneys, members of the criminal justice system, and interested laypersons.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1
    Forensic Science: Celebrated and Vilified

    Chapter 2
    The Stakeholders in Forensic Science: Roles, Perspectives, and Expectations

    Chapter 3
    An Introduction to the U.S. Forensic Laboratory System

    Chapter 4
    The U.S. Forensic Laboratory System Under Siege

    Chapter 5
    The Reality of the U.S. Forensic Laboratory System

    Chapter 6
    An Introduction to the U.S. Medico-Legal Death Investigation System

    Chapter 7
    The U.S. Medico-legal Death Investigation System Under Siege

    Chapter 8
    The Real Story of the U.S. Medico-legal Death Investigation System

    Chapter 9
    The Courts: Battlefield for the Truth and a Changing Paradigm

    Chapter 10
    Not All Science is Created Equal

    Chapter 11
    DNA: Convicting the Guilty, Exonerating the Innocent

    Chapter 12
    The Evidence Trilogy and Forensic Science

    Chapter 13
    The Stakeholders in Court: Judges, Juries, Experts, and Attorneys

    Chapter 14
    The Champions of Forensic Science: Advocacy and Funding Efforts


    Chapter 15
    The Road to Redemption: An Agenda for Reform

    Chapter 16
    New Initiatives and the Future of Forensic Science

Product details

  • No. of pages: 568
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: February 23, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080471075

About the Author

Kelly Pyrek

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Phoenix, Arizona

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