There has been a recent addition to the literature regarding the validity of forensic evidence and the power that expert testimony has in court. The book Forensic Testimony; Science, Law and Expert Evidence is written by C. Michael Bowers and published by Elsevier Academic Press.
Professor Jane Taylor, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia has reviewed the book, and you can read that review here.
I have had the opportunity to personally review this book, and can say without question that it is a must read for anyone who deals with the validity (or lack of) and the power of forensic evidence and expert testimony in a trial.
The book really resonates with me, because it emphasizes the problems with the “uniqueness principle” and the use of flawed inductive reasoning in the development of the forensic disciplines (I refuse to call them “sciences.”) that I have been preaching about for years.
I most highly recommend it. The book is available on Amazon here.
The chapter headings:
Chapter 1 The History of Experts in English Common Law, with Practice Advice for Beginning Experts
Chapter 2 Science and Forensic Science
Chapter 3 The Admissibility of Forensic Expert Evidence
Chapter 4 Professional Forensic Expert Practice
Chapter 5 Managing Your Forensic Case From Beginning to End
Chapter 6 Character Traits of Expert Witnesses: The Good and the Bad
Chapter 7 Voir Dire and Direct Examination of the Expert
Chapter 8 Cross Examination: The Expert’s Challenge and the Lawyer’s Strategies
Chapter 9 Uniqueness and Individualization in Forensic Science
Chapter 10 Forensic Failures
Chapter 11 Forensic Expert Ethics
Chapter 12 The Unparalleled Power of Expert Testimony