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20th Century
Innocence Project



Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
CSI hasn’t done the American court system any favors. But long before that, forensic scientists convinced judges that they could give definitive results with uncertain methods. Junk Science looks at this specifically from the perspective of bite mark identification, but really the problem is more general - overstating the usefulness of unproven techniques. Reading this one will probably make you angry. It’s marred by occasional overblown language, but still worth it for the lesson it brings.
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drneutron | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 14, 2023 |
Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
While this book was absolutely infuriating to read, I also found it to be quite fascinating as well. The research on the cases and the "science" that was used in them to get convictions was very thorough and was presented without a ton of technical jargon that would make it difficult for the reader to understand. My two complaints regarding the book is that the descriptions of the crimes themselves could be quite graphic and aren't for those with squeamish stomachs. Also the jumps between cases made it hard to follow and I think that the book could have been organized a bit better.… (lisätietoja)
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Sleader1992 | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 7, 2023 |
Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
Much like _Just Mercy_, an infuriating read for any American.

How anyone associated with any of these prosecutions can sleep at night is beyond me. There is a world of difference between building a case and making a conviction for a crime, and what happened to these men.

Bad policing, bad investigating, bad lawyering, bad judging, and it reflects on all of us capable of acting to end these abhorrent practices.

So many deserve so much better, from all of us.

I won't soon forget reading this, knocked it half a star because it was difficult to keep up with the jumps between the cases.… (lisätietoja)
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kcshankd | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 23, 2023 |
Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
Utterly fascinating. Fabricant, working with the Innocence Project, takes us through the history of how poorly researched “science” has been used in courtrooms to convict men for crimes. He focuses on three different cases which all relied on bite mark evidence, but also discusses arson, hair analysis, lie detectors, and other areas of “junk science” where there are no peer reviewed studies or industry standards to support conclusions made by “experts” testifying in the courtroom. This “junk science” only reinforces the racist stereotypes that dominate in criminal justice and American culture, and keeps those with authority and power in control. While the topic is fascinating and worthy of pursuit, I do wish this book had been organized a little differently. It was tough to keep up with the changing cases, characters, and events, as the narrative revisits each several times. Another warning for some: the cases are terribly violent and troubling, and may be difficult to read about.… (lisätietoja)
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strongstuff | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 14, 2023 |


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