Can we balance science and justice?

Lloyd, John
September 1991
New Scientist;9/21/91, Vol. 131 Issue 1787, p12
The article comments on the poor way in which the justice system uses scientific evidence. Example of how one court case used scientific evidence in an unbalanced manner is provided. Without wishing to minimise the role of the forensic scientists, the author suggests that part of the answer lies in the way scientific evidence was handled by the courts. The essential point is to guarantee that appropriate weight is given to each side of a case. If bad science is to be eliminated before a case comes before the courts, the defence position must be fully incorporated into all formal statements concerning evidence.


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