Cops in Lab Coats

Author: Sandra Guerra Thompson
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781611635294
Format: PDF, ePub
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Situated firmly at the intersection of the courtroom and the lab room, Cops in Lab Coats illustrates the legal and personal gravity of forensic science as a tool for police and lawyers alike. Thompson combines her studies of wrongful convictions, scientific mishandling in the lab room, and the legal interplay of analysts and lawyers to hone in on the need for independent crime labs nationwide. Cops in Lab Coats brings a fresh and critical perspective to the world of forensic science and illustrates the dire need for independence between crime labs and police departments across the country.

Blind Injustice

Author: Mark Godsey
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520962958
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In this unprecedented view from the trenches, prosecutor turned champion for the innocent Mark Godsey takes us inside the frailties of the human mind as they unfold in real-world wrongful convictions. Drawing upon stories from his own career, Godsey shares how innate psychological flaws in judges, police, lawyers, and juries coupled with a “tough on crime” environment can cause investigations to go awry, leading to the convictions of innocent people. In Blind Injustice, Godsey explores distinct psychological human weaknesses inherent in the criminal justice system—confirmation bias, memory malleability, cognitive dissonance, bureaucratic denial, dehumanization, and others—and illustrates each with stories from his time as a hard-nosed prosecutor and then as an attorney for the Ohio Innocence Project. He also lays bare the criminal justice system’s internal political pressures. How does the fact that judges, sheriffs, and prosecutors are elected officials influence how they view cases? How can defense attorneys support clients when many are overworked and underpaid? And how do juries overcome bias leading them to believe that police and expert witnesses know more than they do about what evidence means? This book sheds a harsh light on the unintentional yet routine injustices committed by those charged with upholding justice. Yet in the end, Godsey recommends structural, procedural, and attitudinal changes aimed at restoring justice to the criminal justice system.

Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution

Author: Daniel S. Medwed
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107129966
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book examines the lessons learned from twenty-five years of using DNA to free innocent prisoners and identifies lingering challenges.

Prova scientifica e processo penale

Author: GIOVANNI CANZIO
Publisher: CEDAM
ISBN: 8813363532
Format: PDF, Docs
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La prova scientifica entra nei nostri Tribunali con sempre maggiore ricorsività, chiamando gli operatori (avvocati, magistrati, forze di polizia) e gli studiosi del processo penale a risolvere inediti interrogativi e a reinterpretare le norme codicistiche alla luce d’un fenomeno di rilevante complessità. Il presente trattato mira a fornire al lettore le coordinate concettuali e gli strumenti ermeneutici per risolvere le questioni più controverse sull’impiego delle evidenze scientifiche nel sistema di giustizia penale. L’opera è divisa in tre differenti sezioni. - Una prima dedicata ai profili generali (teoria della prova e della decisione; rapporti con il diritto sostanziale; risvolti sovranazionali). - Una seconda riservata alla dinamica processuale (criteri di ammissione; problemi di assunzione; canoni valutativi; controlli impugnatori; esperienza comparata). - Una terza rivolta all’analisi di singole prove scientifiche (dal test genetico agli esiti medico-legali; dalla digital evidence alle neuroscienze). Diretta da due dei maggiori esperti della materia, quest'opera racchiude contributi di docenti universitari, giudici di legittimità, magistrati inquirenti, avvocati e studiosi stranieri.