Friday, May 14, 2010

Scott Turow on the Hazards of Improved Forensic Technology: Or: a Reminder that DNA May Be Gold but It Ain't Platinum

In a NYTimes podcast Scott Turow discusses his new novel Innocent, which is a sequel to his novel Presumed Innocent. Almost eight minutes into the podcast Turow comments on the changes in the handling of evidence in criminal cases, the foremost of which, he says, is the use of DNA evidence. Turow says, "[H]ad Rusty Sabich [the "hero" of Presumed Innocent] been tried a couple of years later than 1986 ..., his goose would have been cooked because of DNA because of course it is Rusty's DNA that was found in the victim, Carolyn Polhemus."


The dynamic evidence page

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