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Bite Mark Analysis, Paul C. Giannelli Jan 2007

Bite Mark Analysis, Paul C. Giannelli

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Courts have admitted bite mark comparison evidence in homicide, rape, and child abuse cases. By the 1980s, the technique had gained widespread judicial acceptance. Hundreds of cases have admitted this type of evidence, and no reported case has rejected it. Moreover, some courts speak of bite mark comparison as a "science." Indeed, its acceptance is so well-established that several courts have taken judicial notice of its reliability, implying that the validity of the technique is not subject to reasonable dispute.

Yet, the scientific foundations for bite mark comparisons has never been demonstrated. Such basic issues as the uniqueness of the ...


Daubert Challenges To Firearms (“Ballistics”) Identifications, Paul C. Giannelli Jan 2007

Daubert Challenges To Firearms (“Ballistics”) Identifications, Paul C. Giannelli

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Prosecutors, Ethics, And Expert Witnesses, Paul C. Giannelli, Kevin C. Mcmunigal Jan 2007

Prosecutors, Ethics, And Expert Witnesses, Paul C. Giannelli, Kevin C. Mcmunigal

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Commentators who have examined the DNA exonerations have noted the disturbing role that prosecutors have played in these wrongful convictions. Another significant contributor to these miscarriages of justice is the misuse of expert testimony, a third of the cases according to some sources. This Article examines the intersection of these two factors - the prosecutor's role in using and presenting expert testimony.

Prosecutorial misconduct may occur during most stages of a trial, beginning with the selection of witnesses, including the improper "shopping" for experts. Additional abuses occur when prosecutors fail to abide by rules governing the pretrial disclosure of scientific ...


Brady And Jailhouse Snitches, Paul C. Giannelli Jan 2007

Brady And Jailhouse Snitches, Paul C. Giannelli

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Seizures Without Searches: Defining Property Seizures And Developing A Property Seizure Model, Eric R. Carpenter Jan 2007

Seizures Without Searches: Defining Property Seizures And Developing A Property Seizure Model, Eric R. Carpenter

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