"[E]xpert testimony may be assigned talismanic significance in the eyes of lay jurors, and, therefore, the district courts must take care to weigh the value of such evidence against its potential to mislead or confuse.” United States v. Frazier, 387 F.3d 1244, 1263 (11th Cir. 2004)

As recent cases and reports show, not all "forensic science" is science. Defense counsel cannot simply count on their courtroom skills to overcome this evidence. From DWIs to sex offenses to capital murder trials, defense counsel face forensic evidence. Defense counsel must understand the science, understand how crime labs work and understand how to meet this evidence in court. This program covers the basics of how forensic science is done – and should be done – in a crime lab, the law on challenging the admission of faulty science, and detailed explanations of handling four important areas of substantive forensic evidence.
Seminar Information
Date Presented:
April 16, 2010 8:55 AM Eastern
Seminar Location:
North Carolina Advocates for Justice Headquarters
Raleigh, NC
Thomas K. Maher & Lisa Miles
8 hours, 5 minutes
Discovering How a Crime Lab Works, and How it Should Work
Speaker Information
Janine S. Arvizu   [ view bio ]
Frederic W. Whitehurst, PhD., J.D.   [ view bio ]
State of the Law in Challenging Admissibility of Forensic Science
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David E. Clark   [ view bio ]
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Dean P. Loven   [ view bio ]
Ronald S Ostrowski PhD   [ view bio ]
Pattern Analysis
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Sue Ann Genrich Berry   [ view bio ]
William Tobin   [ view bio ]
Speaker Information
Douglas J. Carpenter   [ view bio ]
Lisa A. Dubs   [ view bio ]
Blood Stain Analysis
Speaker Information
Timothy M. Palmbach   [ view bio ]
David S. Rudolf   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
North Carolina State Bar
General Hours: 6.00
Total Hours: 6.00
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