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Forensic Science Chapter 1 notes

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Forensic Science Chapter 1 notes Anth 357

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Forensic anthropology
Dana Kollman
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Frye, Daubert, General Acceptance, forensics




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Date Created: 09/08/16
Forensic Science Study Guide Exam 1 I. Forensics and the Problem of Junk and Quacks 1. What is forensics? a. The application of science to matters of the law** b. This does not need a crime to occur  Example: a paternity test 2. Needs to answer a legal question and can exist without forensic component 3. Forensics is Like an Umbrella of the Legal System a. Forensic Statistics b. Forensic Photography c. Forensic Anthropology d. Forensic Geology e. Forensic Chemistry f. Forensic Entomology g. Forensic Odontology h. Forensic Serology i. Forensic Engineer j. Forensic Toxicology 4. Evidence a. “The stuff we use to prove things”  DNA, hard sciences II. Where Do We Draw the Line? 1. Frye General Acceptance Standard (GA) a. Local/state cases b. Atest for admission of expert testimony based upon new scientific principles c. Crossing the line between experimental and demonstrating d. Establish general acceptance in the field it belongs. 2. Criticism of Frye a. Difficult to identify the appropriate field that constitutes the relevant scientific community b. Meaning of a general acceptance is vague c. Sometimes it excludes reliable evidence as courts 3. Daubert (1993) a. Pharmaceutical company is sued for birth defects (Bendectin prenatal drug) b. Company bring in “experts” to prove the drug is safe. c. Petitioners countered the argument by bringing 8 researchers to prove it causes birth defects. d. The case was dismissed because petitioners’evidence was not sufficiently established to have General Acceptance (GA).  Their work was not published yet. 4. Compare the two a. Frye  Is it GA? b. Daubert  Is it derived from the scientific method and reliable?  Is it GA?  Is it published?  Is it peer reviewed?  Is it error rate established?


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