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DNA Database Searches and the Legal Consumption of Scientific Evidence  

Author:  Peter Donnelly.; Richard D. Friedman.

Source: Volume 02, Number 02, February/March 2001 , pp.17-19(3)

Sex Offender Law Report

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We have, we think, shown why statisticians are prone in a trawl case to provide the adjudicative system with the answer to the wrong question. But why does the legal system appear to be ready to accept that advice? The answer, we believe, lies in a longstanding tendency of the adjudicative system to defer to the scientific establishment.


Affiliations:  1: Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford; 2: University of Michigan Law School.

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