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Silent Witness: Forensic DNA Evidence in Criminal Investigations and Humanitarian Disasters

Henry Erlich, Eric Stover, and Thomas J. White

Abstract

Forensic DNA evidence has helped convict the guilty, exonerate the wrongfully convicted, identify victims of genocide, and reunite families torn apart by war and repressive regimes. Yet many of the scientific, legal, and ethical concepts that underpin forensic DNA evidence remain unclear to the general public; judges; prosecutors; defense attorneys; and students of law, forensic sciences, ethics, and genetics. This book examines the history and development of DNA forensics; its applications in the courtroom and humanitarian settings; and the relevant scientific, legal, and psychosocial issues. ... More

Keywords: DNA evidence, human rights investigations, DNA identification methods, Innocence Project, microbial forensics, genetic privacy, DNA in immigration, familial searching, admissibility, exonerations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190909444
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190909444.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Erlich, editor
Senior Scientist, Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute

Eric Stover, editor
Faculty Director and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health, Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Thomas J. White, editor
Advisory Board Member, Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley

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Contents

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Introduction

Edited by Henry Erlich, Eric Stover, and Thomas J. White

Chapter 2 Exonerating the Wrongfully Convicted

Justin Brooks and Desiree Moshayedi

Chapter 3 Analysis of Forensic Mixtures

Michael Coble, Bruce Budowle, and Henry Erlich

Chapter 5 Recent Developments in Forensic DNA Technology

Henry Erlich, Cassandra Calloway, and Steven B. Lee

Chapter 6 Microbial Forensics

Antti Sajantila and Bruce Budowle

Chapter 7 The Living Disappeared

Mariana Herrera Piñero, Eric Stover, Melina Tupa, and Víctor B. Penchaszadeh

Chapter 8 Disappeared, Not Lost

Andrea Lampros, Montserrat Martínez Gómez, Cristián Orrego Benavente, and Patricia Vásquez Marías

Chapter 9 Large Scale Identification of the Missing

Andreas Kleiser and Thomas J. Parsons

Chapter 11 Preventing a Third Death

Sara H. Katsanis and Katherine M. Spradley

Chapter 12 Taking Stock

Dawnie Steadman and Sarah Wagner

Chapter 14 Immediacy and Authority

Amy Mundorff and Sarah Wagner

Conclusion

Edited by Henry Erlich, Eric Stover, and Thomas J. White

End Matter