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Justice and Science: Trials and Triumphs of DNA Evidence

Justice and Science: Trials and Triumphs of DNA Evidence (Paperback)

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"From his work as part of the prosecution in the 1995 O. J. Simpson murder trial to his star billing on TV's America's Most Wanted, former San Diego prosecutor George "Woody" Clarke has been party to some of the justice system's most visible, controversial, and melodramatic moments. He puts that populist knack to work in this nonfiction page turner that should appeal just as much to true crime buffs as those concerned with the workings of the criminal justice system."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Clarke's account of the rise of DNA evidence is engaging and well paced, and the author comes across as likable and genuinely humble-a rarity in a book of war stories."-San Francisco Chronicle "As a former prosecutor who specialized in DNA evidence, Woody Clarke has the ability to make the difficult science that sometimes confuses a jury understandable to his reader."-Dominick Dunne Databases of both convicted offenders and no-suspect cases demonstrate the power of DNA testing to solve the unsolvable. George "Woody" Clarke chronicles his experiences in some of the most disturbing and notorious sexual assault and murder court cases in California.

He charts the beginnings of DNA testing in police investigations and the fight for its acceptance by courts and juries and illustrates the power of science in cases he personally prosecuted or in which he assisted, including his work with the prosecution team in the trial of O. J. Simpson. As Clarke tells the story of how he came to understand and use this new form of evidence, readers will develop a new appreciation for the role of science in the legal system. George "Woody" Clarke, a judge of the Superior Court in San Diego County for the past several years, lectures internationally on DNA evidence and has cohosted America's Most Wanted.

BiographyTrue storiesTrue crimeLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsLegal system: generalCourts & procedurePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminologyCriminal investigation & detectionForensic scienceScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesLife sciences: general issuesGenetics non-medical Publisher: Rutgers University Press Publication Date: 15/02/2009 ISBN-13: 9780813545011  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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George ""Woody"" Clarke served as a prosecutor in the San Diego district attorney's office from 1982 to 2003. He has appeared frequently on national television, he has co-starred on America's Most Wanted with host John Walsh, and he lectures internationally on forensic DNA evidence. For the past three years he has been a judge of the Superior Court in San Diego County.

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