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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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(p.256) Chapter Eight Postclosure
Truth Machine
University of Chicago Press

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.

Keywords:   DNA profiling, credibility, legal implications, forensic DNA evidence, assumption of infallibility, evidence

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