Defending a DNA Case–Admissibility Issues

In defending DNA cases, the defense often tries to have inculpatory DNA evidence thrown out.  Although not an exhaustive list, here are some admissibility issues that can arise with DNA:

  • Evidence handling
  • Individual laboratory performance
  • Technical protocols
  • Population database
  • Statistics
  • Analyst training
  • Reagents kit
  • Contamination
  • Chain of custody

Also, here are a few links that may be helpful in researching DNA admissibility.

STR DNA Admissibility Court Rulings

DNA Fabrication, A Wake Up Call: The Need to Reevaluate the Admissibility and Reliability of DNA Evidence

The Evaluation of Forensic DNA Evidence (Chapter 6–DNA Evidence in the Legal System)

(Disclaimer: This blog is not intended as legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.)

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