Thursday, October 26, 2006

The "CSI Effect"

A recent newspaper story discusses the growing phenomenon known as the "CSI Effect." In short, potential jurors are seeing science solve crimes perfectly and quickly several times a week on their tv sets. Jurors then expect to see the same science put into play in trials. In reality, science doesn't work as quickly or as neatly as seen on television, nor does every defendant confess when confronted with evidence indicating guilt like on your favorite CBS series.

3 Comments:

Blogger scienceoversociety said...

Hello Jamestown Lawyer,

I could not agree more with you. There are many ways in which scientists are inaccurately portrayed in the mainstream media. But while I could easily harp on these faults (see my recent October 2006 CSI post on scienceoversociety.blogspot.com), I think it is at least encouraging to see that the media is recognizing the value of scientific evidence and spurning interest among jurors that you see. With increased public demand for science, this can only help people in my profession to get out and talk about the work that we do and what goes into it.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in a small community such as chautauqua county, it is rare, for a felony level arrest to involve "CSI" evidence, but i could not agree with you more, juries expect it and to a certian degree think it is needed for a beyond the reasonable doubt finding, it is all about the opening and closing then, educate that jury as to what to expect and not expect.
cool blog, what kind of law do you do?

4:25 PM  
Blogger TMT said...

Sorry for the delays in responding. Thanks for comments, and to answer the question, pretty much any sort of case that walks through the door.

7:34 AM  

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