Science in the Jury Box: Jurors’ Comprehension of Mitochondrial DNA Evidence

  title={Science in the Jury Box: Jurors’ Comprehension of Mitochondrial DNA Evidence},
  author={Valerie P. Hans and David H. Kaye and B. Michael Dann and Erin J. Farley and Stephanie L. Albertson},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
Questions about how jurors understand and apply scientific evidence were addressed in a mock jury study in which 480 jury pool members watched a videotaped mock trial that included expert testimony about mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) evidence purportedly linking a defendant to a crime. Collectively, jurors showed moderately good comprehension of the mtDNA evidence, although some made definitional and inferential errors. Comprehension was better among jurors with higher educational attainment and… 
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