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Truth MachineThe Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting$
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Michael Lynch, Simon A. Cole, and Ruth McNally

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226498065

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226498089.001.0001

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Science, Common Sense, and DNA Evidence

Science, Common Sense, and DNA Evidence

(p.190) Chapter Six Science, Common Sense, and DNA Evidence
Truth Machine
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines Regina v. Adams, a court case in the United Kingdom that challenged DNA evidence. It explains that the defense effectively attacked the credibility of the DNA evidence and developed a highly unusual procedure for weighing it together with the eyewitness testimony. Though the appeal court eventually disallowed the defense's strategy, the judgment highlighted some significant questions about the relationship between scientific and commonsense evidence.

Keywords:   Regina v. Adams, court case, United Kingdom, DNA evidence, credibility, eyewitness testimony, scientific evidence, commonsense evidence

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