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By Rebecca C. Harris

Scientific proof is general in present day legal trials. From hair and handwriting research to ink and DNA fingerprints, scientists have introduced their global to endure at the justice system.

Combining political research, medical reasoning, and an in-depth learn of particular nation ideal proceedings, Black gowns, White Coats is an interdisciplinary exam of the culture of "gatekeeping," the perform of determining the admissibility of novel medical proof. Rebecca Harris systematically examines judicial policymaking in 3 components forensic DNA, polygraphs, and mental syndrome proof to respond to the query: Why is medical facts handled in a different way between quite a few jurisdictions? those judgements have vital implications for comparing our judicial process and its skill to appropriately strengthen clinical policy.

While the interplay of those professions happens as the white coats frequently advance and be certain wisdom deemed very helpful to the black gowns, Harris concludes that the black gowns are good located to render acceptable rulings and confirm the acceptability of harnessing a selected technology for criminal purposes.

First publication to systematically assemble and research judicial judgements on clinical admissibility

Analyzes a number of key circumstances 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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