Scientific and Expert Evidence, Second Edition / Edition 2
Designed solely with classroom use in mind, Scientific and Expert Evidence teaches students to become sophisticated consumers of expert evidence through a comprehensive treatment of the law and science relating to scientific and expert evidence. Using representative cases, scientific readings at an appropriate level of difficulty, and their own introductions and explanatory notes, the authors present complex issues clearly and concisely.
Among the many features of this unique casebook:
• comprehensive coverage includes forensics, medical causation, statistics, and economic expert evidence • complex issues are made readily accessible — the authors begin by exploring scientific background and move on to case examples accompanied by explanatory comments and questions • technical topics, such as statistics and DNA, are explained with accessible, appropriate-level language, without sacrificing sophisticated treatment of the issues • cases, rules, and commentary are presented in the context of scientific knowledge so that students develop a solid grounding in the methods and procedures of science and technology • the different goals and methods of law and science are clearly explained, allowing students to discern when and how these differences can be harmonized • students are taught to become sophisticated consumers of expert evidence, capable of skeptical analysis of opposition claims and critical thought about theoretical problems of expert testimony • a comprehensive Teacher's Manual provides the authors' analysis of the various cases and issues, questions to facilitate classroom discussion, and suggested useful problems and outside aids to supplement the written materials