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Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science with Professor David Harris

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Time: 12:10 - 1:10 PM

Room/Location: Room 246

Sponsor(s): Criminal Law Society

Contact: Joe Varvel

With the popularity of crime dramas like CSI focusing on forensic science, and increasing numbers of police and prosecutors making wide-spread use of DNA, high-tech science seems to have become the handmaiden of law enforcement. But this is a myth,asserts law professor and nationally known expert on police profiling David A. Harris. In fact, most of law enforcement does not embrace science—it rejects it instead, resisting it vigorously. Professor Harris will discuss the state of forensic evidence in the criminal justice system, and explain why the resistance to change is so strong.

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