Fordham Urban Law Journal

A bimonthly legal book published by the law school at Fordham University. Each issue focuses on a single topic, and publishes original research, critical pieces, and long-form essays related to that topic.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 2, December

Acculturating Forensic Science: What Is 'Scientific Culture', and How Can Forensic Science Adopt It?
Introduction I. The NAS Report's Treatment of Scientific Culture II. Science and Scientific Method A. Science B. Scientific Method III. Science as Work IV. Forensic Work V. Normative Goals for Forensic Tasks VI. The Current State of...
Back to Katz: Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in the Facebook Age
Introduction I. Government Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment: An Inconsistent History A. The Evolution of the Fourth Amendment in the Face of Changing Technology 1. Katz and its Progeny: Defining Reasonable ...
Forensic Science: Why No Research?
Introduction I. Early Period A. Initial Admissibility Decisions B. Establishment of the Crime Laboratory C. The Legal System II. Recent Period: Post-DNA, Post-Daubert Conclusion INTRODUCTION The ground-breaking report on forensic...
Some Forensic Aspects of Ballistic Imaging
ABSTRACT Analysis of ballistics evidence (spent cartridge casings and bullets) has been a staple of forensic criminal investigation for almost a century. Computer-assisted databases of images of ballistics evidence have been used since the mid-1980s...
The NAS Report: In Pursuit of Justice
I had the privilege of serving on the Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). In February 2009, after more than two years of work, our committee issued a report entitled, "Strengthening...
"Utterly Ineffective": Do Courts Have a Role in Improving the Quality of Forensic Expert Testimony?
Introduction: Forensic Science and the National Research Council Report I. The NRC's Reasons for Giving the Courts Almost No Role in Improving Forensic Expertise II. Why Are Courts So Lenient in Admitting Expert Forensic Evidence? ...
Whose Fault? - Daubert, the NAS Report, and the Notion of Error in Forensic Science
"Handwriting is even more precise than DNA evidence for identification purposes."(1) The notion of "error" and "error rates" is central both to the Daubert opinion (2) and to the recent NAS Report on the strengths and weaknesses of forensic science...
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