Thursday, April 6, 2006

Reverse CSI Effect?

A Connecticut civil rights lawyer (Norm Pattis) suggests the most likely effect of CSI's popularity is that "jurors love scientific evidence, even if the prosecutor presents it poorly." Crime & Federalism: Reverse CSI Effect? This a bit different from the observation by some prosecutors that CSI's effect is to make jurors less likely to convict without dazzling scientific evidence. (I suppose both positions could have some merit -- that jurors are less likely to convict with NO scientific evidence, but more likely to convict if there's ANY.)

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