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"Science", "sens commun" et preuve ADN: une controverse judiciaire a propos de la comprehension publique de la science ["Science" "Common Sense", and DNA evidence: a legal controversy about the public understanding of science]:a legal controversy about the public understanding of science

Lynch, Michael and McNally, Ruth (2005) "Science", "sens commun" et preuve ADN: une controverse judiciaire a propos de la comprehension publique de la science ["Science" "Common Sense", and DNA evidence: a legal controversy about the public understanding of science]:a legal controversy about the public understanding of science. Droit et Societe, 61. pp. 655-681. ISSN 0769-3362

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Abstract

This paper examines the English case, Regina v Adams in which the difference between "scientific reason" and "common sense" was explicitly at stake in the use of DNA evidence. In its decision the Appellate Court reinstated a boundary between "scientific" and "common sense" evidence, arguing that this boundary was necessary to preserve the jury's role as trier of fact. The paper's discussion of the court's work of demarcation addresses the unresolved problems with the place of probability estimates in jury trials.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Droit et Societe
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bayesian analysis ; Boundary work ; Criminal law ; DNA Profiling ; Probability
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 25967
Deposited By: Dr Ruth McNally
Deposited On: 02 Mar 2009 14:33
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 31 May 2013 11:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/25967

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