This chapter, which examines the postclosure phase of the history of DNA profiling, discusses the extraordinary credibility currently assigned to DNA profiling and some of the legal implications of that credibility. It analyzes some criminal cases which indicated that some familiar problems still attend the use of forensic DNA evidence, despite the widespread assumption of infallibility. The chapter also considers how the assumption that forensic DNA evidence was no longer assailable became a logical foundation for questioning and evaluating other forms of evidence.
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