1. What is the CSI effect and how might criminal defense attorneys try to use it to their advantage? Do juries have the same expectations of physical evidence for all crimes from homicide to petty theft?
2. Assume the role of an average death-qualified juror for a homicide trial, and the testimony you are hearing in this case boils down to a probability estimate by a forensic serologist that a bloodstain on a suspect’s knife matches the blood of a murder victim. What number would be impressive to you? Why would this number impress you? Tip: Remember, this is a death penalty case, and somebody’s life depends upon how many decimal places you think is impressive enough.

3. Are you alarmed by efforts such as CODIS, population DNA databases, or other governmental efforts to have your genetic code on file? If so, why so; if not; why not?


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