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Junk science and the American criminal justice system / M. Chris Fabricant.

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  • ISBN: 9781636140308
  • ISBN: 1636140300
  • Physical Description: 359 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Akashic Books, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part I: Virginia v. Keith Allen Harward & the rise of junk science -- Junk science and the American Criminal Justice System -- The dentist as forensic scientist -- Credentials, case law, and Ted Bundy -- Virulence -- Lethal nonsense -- Junk science in the Supreme Court -- Life, liberty, and Daubert. Part II: Texas v. Steven Mark Chaney & the DNA revolution -- The Innocence Project -- The National Academy of Sciences hearings -- Steven Chaney's path forward -- The thirty-eight words that moved the junk science debate into criminal courts -- The principle of finality in the age of mass incarceration -- Denying innocence -- Executing the innocent -- Steven Chaney, back on the chain -- Status quo. Part III: Mississippi v. Eddie Lee Howard & a junk science reckoning (of sorts) -- A junk science recall -- The first shots of the bite mark wars -- Steven Chaney's new lawyers -- Keith Harward's lost lottery ticket -- The bite mark wars get nasty -- Steven Chaney's new prosecutors -- Keith Harward's checkmate. Part IV: Eddie Lee Howard, Steven Mark Chaney & the dentists' last stand -- Our heroes -- The Texas Forensic Science Commission hearings -- Steven Chaney faces his trial prosecutor.
Summary, etc.:
"In 2012, the Innocence Project began searching for prisoners convicted by junk science, and three men, each convicted of capital murder, became M. Chris Fabricant's clients. Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System chronicles the fights to overturn their wrongful convictions and to end the use of the "science" that destroyed their lives. Weaving together courtroom battles from Mississippi to Texas to New York City and beyond, Fabricant takes the reader on a journey into the heart of a broken, racist system of justice and the role forensic science plays in maintaining the status quo." --Adapted from Amazon.
Subject: Innocence Project.
Pseudoscience > United States.
Forensic sciences > United States.
Racism in criminal justice administration > United States.
Judicial error > United States.
Judicial corruption > United States.

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Cass County Library-Pleasant Hill 364.089 FAB 2022 (Text) 0002205361138 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

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