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Black Robes, White Coats: The Puzzle of Judicial by Rebecca C. Harris

By Rebecca C. Harris

Scientific proof is typical in contemporary felony trials. From hair and handwriting research to ink and DNA fingerprints, scientists have introduced their international to endure at the justice system.

Combining political research, medical reasoning, and an in-depth research of particular country ultimate proceedings, Black gowns, White Coats is an interdisciplinary exam of the culture of "gatekeeping," the perform of determining the admissibility of novel clinical facts. Rebecca Harris systematically examines judicial policymaking in 3 parts forensic DNA, polygraphs, and mental syndrome proof to respond to the query: Why is medical facts taken care of another way between a variety of jurisdictions? those judgements have very important implications for comparing our judicial approach and its skill to properly boost medical policy.

While the interplay of those professions happens as the white coats usually boost and determine wisdom deemed very worthy to the black gowns, Harris concludes that the black gowns are good located to render acceptable rulings and be sure the acceptability of harnessing a selected technology for felony purposes.

First booklet to systematically assemble and examine judicial judgements on clinical admissibility

Analyzes a number of key situations together with Arizona v. Bible and Kansas v. Marks

Includes examples of facts in 3 appendices: forensic DNA, polygraph proof, and syndrome evidence

Presents an unique version of the gatekeeping process

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