Forensic Fraud, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0124080588
  • ISBN-13: 9780124080584
  • DDC: 364.163
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 296 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Forensic Fraud is a timely work that examines the problem of forensic fraud both theoretically and empirically, assessing the relationships among examiner, workplace, evidentiary, and impact variables. Unvalidated or improper forensic science is a leading cause of wrongful convictions. In more than 50% of the DNA exonerations nationwide, unvalidated or improper forensic science contributed to the underlying wrongful conviction. These problems include forensic techniques that have not been subjected to rigorous scientific evaluation (such as hair microscopy, bite mark comparisons, firearm tool mark analysis and shoe print comparisons); testing that is improperly conducted or analysis that is not accurate (regardless of whether the forensic technique involved is validated); and forensic misconduct (such as fabricated test results and misleading testimony). Forensic Fraud is written by a forensic scientist for the forensic science community, rather than by legal scholars or practitioners, as has been the trend.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Occupational Fraud.
3: Forensic Science: A Primer.
4: Fraud in Law Enforcement Culture.
5: Fraud and Scientific Culture.
6: Contrasting Scientific Integrity with Law Enforcement Culture.
7: Forensic Fraud: Prior Research.
8: Forensic Fraud, 2000–2010: Data and Frequency.
9: Multivariate Analysis of Forensic Fraud, 2000–2010.
10: Conclusions and Recommendations.
11: Crime Labs in Crisis, 2011–2012: Update and Discussion.
12: References.