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NCJ Number: 134305 Find in a Library
Title: DNA Fingerprinting: Evidence of the Future
Journal: Kentucky Law Journal  Volume:79  Issue:2  Dated:(1990-1991)  Pages:415-438
Author(s): J E Hanner
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 24
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DNA fingerprinting is reliable and has gained general acceptance in the scientific community, but courts should proceed cautiously and examine carefully the procedures involved in each case so that the procedure will gain acceptance in courts of law.
Abstract: DNA fingerprinting is available in any crime where a suspect leaves behind DNA. It offers a precise identification and requires only a small amount of evidence. When admitted as evidence, it could reduce the importance of eyewitness testimony. Its main use may be in sex offenses. However, procedures have not yet been developed that standardize the use of DNA evidence in court proceedings. The history of problems related to other scientific techniques demonstrates the importance of avoiding its premature admission into evidence. Once DNA testing becomes routine, it will save money, shorten investigations, and increase conviction rates. Until that time, courts should be careful when using it to assure its continued use and reliability. Footnotes (Author summary modified)
Main Term(s): DNA fingerprinting
Index Term(s): Court procedures; Forensic sciences; Rules of evidence; Suspect identification
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