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Expert Evidence and Criminal Justice$
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Mike Redmayne

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267805

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267805.001.0001

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Constructing Cases with Science

Constructing Cases with Science

(p.5) 2 Constructing Cases with Science
Expert Evidence and Criminal Justice


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This chapter examines the potential of forensic science to contribute to the promotion of accurate decision-making. It evaluates some detail at how forensic science is employed in police investigations. It explores what it might mean to say that scientific knowledge and police cases are constructed. It focuses on the use of trace evidence such as physical material and marks found at the crime scene, used for purposes of identification and reconstruction. It also offers some observations on other uses of forensic science in the criminal process.

Keywords:   police investigations, forensic science, physical material, trace evidence

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