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Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting
DNA profiling--commonly known as DNA fingerprinting--is often heralded as unassailable criminal evidence, a veritable "truth machine" that can overturn convictions based on eyewitness testimony,Expand
Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification
  • S. Cole
  • Sociology, Materials Science
  • 16 May 2001
"No two fingerprints are alike," or so it goes. For nearly a hundred years fingerprints have represented definitive proof of individual identity in our society. We trust them to tell us who committedExpand
CSI and its Effects: Media, Juries, and the Burden of Proof
The CSI Effect, if there is one, should be a matter of utmost concern within the legal community. Is there a CSI Effect? How would we know whether there is such an effect? And what precisely is theExpand
The Need for a Research Culture in the Forensic Sciences
The methods, techniques, and reliability of the forensic sciences in general, and the pattern identification disciplines in particular, have faced significant scrutiny in recent years. Critics haveExpand
The vision in “blind” justice: Expert perception, judgment, and visual cognition in forensic pattern recognition
  • I. Dror, S. Cole
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychonomic bulletin & review
  • 1 April 2010
Studying forensic examiners can contribute to the understanding of expertise and decision making, as well as have implications for forensic science and other areas of expertise. Expand
Witnessing Identification
The technique of latent fingerprint identification enjoys a remarkable degree of credibility, even in the adversarial climate of the Anglo-American criminal trial. Latent fingerprint examinersExpand
Is Fingerprint Identification Valid? Rhetorics of Reliability in Fingerprint Proponents’ Discourse
Beginning around 1999, a growing number of scholars have claimed that validation studies for forensic fingerprint identification do not exist. This article revisits that claim by reviewing literatureExpand
Investigating the 'CSI Effect' Effect: Media and Litigation Crisis in Criminal Law
Beginning in 2002, popular media disseminated serious concerns that the integrity of the criminal trial was being compromised by the effects of television drama. Specifically, it was widely allegedExpand
Toward Evidence-Based Evidence: Supporting Forensic Knowledge Claims in the Post-Daubert Era
This paper reconceptualizes the Daubert admissibility regime using the "evidence-based" metaphor. Although contemporary society is pervaded by calls for such things as medicine, policy, corrections,Expand