This Article posits the history of forensic-science evidence plays a significant role in the unquestioning manner of its modern acceptance. It traces early high-profile forensic science “successes” and the public reactions to them. It argues the public perception of the “advances” of forensic science continues to play a role in the lack of scrutiny given to these disciplines in admissibility decisions today. It concludes, when it comes to forensic science, history should play a different role by serving as a critical warning rather than a congratulatory buttress.
St. Mary's University School of Law
Heather C. Montoya
The History of Forensic-Science Evidence in Criminal Trials and the Role of Early “Success” in Establishing Its Putative Reliability,
St. Mary's L.J.
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