Black Robes, White Coats

The Puzzle of Judicial Policymaking and Scientific Evidence

Author: Rebecca C. Harris

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 081354369X

Category: Law

Page: 200

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Scientific evidence is commonplace in today's criminal trials. From hair and handwriting analysis to ink and DNA fingerprints, scientists have brought their world to bear on the justice system. Combining political analysis, scientific reasoning, and an in-depth study of specific state supreme court cases, Black Robes, White Coats is an interdisciplinary examination of the tradition of "gatekeeping," the practice of deciding the admissibility of novel scientific evidence. Rebecca Harris systematically examines judicial policymaking in three areas forensic DNA, polygraphs, and psychological syndrome evidence to answer the question: Why is scientific evidence treated differently among various jurisdictions? These decisions have important implications for evaluating our judicial system and its ability to accurately develop scientific policy. While the interaction of these professions occurs because the white coats often develop and ascertain knowledge deemed very useful to the black robes, Harris concludes that the black robes are well positioned to render appropriate rulings and determine the acceptability of harnessing a particular science for legal purposes. First book to systematically gather and analyze judicial decisions on scientific admissibility Analyzes several key cases including Arizona v. Bible and Kansas v. Marks Includes examples of evidence in three appendices: forensic DNA, polygraph evidence, and syndrome evidence Presents an original model of the gatekeeping process

California Evidentiary Foundations

Author: Edward J. Imwinkelried,Thomas J. Leach

Publisher: LexisNexis

ISBN: 1522141987

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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California Evidentiary Foundations is the ideal one-volume guide for overcoming common, and not-so-common, evidentiary problems in the courtroom. This accessible, popular manual shows you how to frame predicate questions to gain admission or exclusion of specific types of evidence and includes a list of the foundational elements and examples of specific lines of questioning for establishing these elements. Each foundation is accompanied by a clear explanation of the supporting principles of California evidence law. Packed with proven trial techniques, California Evidentiary Foundations will help you prepare for every evidentiary challenge you may face at trial. California Evidentiary Foundations takes the abstract principles of evidence and organizes them into concise statements, and illustrates their uses with sample transcripts of the elements being applied in the courtroom. The publication helps attorneys focus their case around a theme and understand the theories behind proving up evidence in both civil and criminal cases. This concise manual includes complete references to the California Evidence Code, Rules of Court, key cases, legislative history, and citations to secondary authorities such as Jefferson, Witkin, and CEB texts.

Criminal Evidentiary Foundations

Author: Edward J. Imwinkelried,Daniel D. Blinka

Publisher: LexisNexis

ISBN: 0327173866

Category: Law

Page: 750

View: 8293

This is the reference your clients would ask you to purchase. Criminal Evidentiary Foundations tells you with precision how to lay foundations for your most critical evidence to be admitted in a criminal trial. Expert authors Edward J. Imwinkelried and Daniel D. Blinka quide you through converting abstract evidentiary doctrine into concrete lines of questioning, with phrasing of questions on direct and cross-examination explained in detail and hundreds of sample foundational questions adapted to specific criminal cases. In this convenient single volume with a current supplement, you'll find your questions answered on witness competency, authentication, relevance, credibility, privileges, opinions, hearsay, suppression, the Best Evidence Rule, and more. Whether you are preparing for your first case or you are a seasoned veteran, this treatise will become your most indespensible tool after the Federal Rules of Evidence in your next trial.

The Trial

Author: Robert Whitlow

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418512494

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

View: 8309

A lawyer ready to die takes one final case...the trial of his life. Attorney Kent "Mac" MacClain has nothing left to live for. Nine years after the horrific accident that claimed the life of his wife and two sons, he's finally given up. His empty house is a mirror for his empty soul, it seems suicide is his only escape. And then the phone rings. Angela Hightower, the beautiful heiress and daughter of the most powerful man in Dennison Springs, has been found dead at the bottom of a ravine. The accused killer, Peter Thomason, needs a lawyer. But Mac has come up against the Hightowers and their ruthless, high-powered lawyers before -- an encounter that left his practice and reputation reeling. The evidence pointing to Thomason's guilt seems insurmountable. Is Mac defending an ingenious psychopath, or has Thomason been framed--possibly by a member of the victim's family? It comes down to one last trial. For Thomason, the opponent is the electric chair. For Mac, it is his own tormented past--a foe that will prove every bit as deadly.

Polygraph

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Lie detectors and detection

Page: N.A

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Evidentiary foundations

Author: Edward J. Imwinkelried

Publisher: MICHIE

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 330

View: 9541

Covering all major evidentiary doctrines, this work provides a blueprint for introduction of evidence at trial. It allows the student mentally to convert a sentence in the Federal Rules of Evidence into a line of questioning to be used at trial. An excellent companion to a course casebook in Evidence or Trial Practice, it enables the student to picture the manner in which the rules of evidence operate. The author dissects major evidence doctrines into lists of foundational elements. With this framework, lists of questions form which lay a foundation. This sample foundation, in turn, allows fuller understanding of the evidence rule to which it refers.

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Southern Reporter. Second Series

Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law reports, digests, etc

Page: N.A

View: 2844

A Guide to Merit Systems Protection Board Law and Practice

Author: Peter B. Broida

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Civil service

Page: 3617

View: 2051

This Guide has been used around the world by federal agencies, labor unions, attorneys, arbitrators, and adjudicators for research, quidance, and training. The text analyzes thousands of published decisions of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. It is updated annually.

Polygraphs and employment

Author: Elizabeth M. Lundell,Bureau of National Affairs (Arlington, Va.),Bureau of National Affairs (Washington, D.C.)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 81

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Intelligence and the Law

Cases and Materials

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Intelligence service

Page: N.A

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Intelligence and the Law

Cases and Materials

Author: Allan N. Kornblum

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Intelligence service

Page: N.A

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Colorado Lawyer

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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