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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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Deconstructing Probability in The Case R. V. Deen

Deconstructing Probability in The Case R. V. Deen

(p.155) Chapter Five Deconstructing Probability in The Case R. V. Deen
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This chapter, which examines the interrogations of expert witnesses and the techniques for building up and attacking credibility, focusing on the Regina v. Deen, explains that this case was the first in which DNA evidence was successfully appealed in the United Kingdom and raised numerous issues of general interest. The case became notable for the “prosecutor's fallacy,” which applies to the way probability estimates are presented in testimony, and it also exposed a broader set of problems with interpreting DNA evidence and developing probability estimates.

Keywords:   expert witnesses, credibility, Regina v. Deen, United Kingdom, DNA evidence, prosecutor's fallacy, probability estimates

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