Forensics under Fire: Are Bad Science and Dueling Experts Corrupting Criminal Justice?

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Forensics under Fire

Are Bad Science and Dueling Experts
Corrupting Criminal Justice?

JIM FISHER

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS

NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY, AND LONDON

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One - Diagnosing Death: Problems in the Science and Practice of Forensic Pathology 9
  • 1: Forensic Pathologists from Hell 13
  • 2: A Question of Credibility 29
  • 3: The Sudden Infant Death Debate 47
  • 4: Infants Who Can't Breathe 67
  • 5: Swollen Brains and Broken Bones 79
  • Part Two - Crime-Scene Impression Identification: Forensic Science or Subjective Analysis? 101
  • 6: Fingerprint Identification 103
  • 7: Fingerprints Never Lie 123
  • 8: Shoe-Print Identification and Foot Morphology 139
  • 9: Bite-Mark Identification 153
  • 10: Ear-Mark Identification 169
  • Part Three - Hired Guns, Smoke Blowers, and Phonies: the Expert Witness Problem 179
  • 11: Expert Versus Expert 182
  • 12: John Mark Karr 206
  • 13: Hair and Fiber Identification 218
  • 14: Dna Analysis 231
  • 15: Bullet Identification, Fbi Style 244
  • 16: The Celebrity Expert 253
  • Conclusion 275
  • Notes 287
  • Sources 291
  • Index 317
  • About the Author 325
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