THe Science & Law Blog is written by five law professors from Brooklyn Law School, University of Houston Law Center, Arizona State University College of Law and the University of California, Hastings.
- Practice Area
- Administrative Law
- Admiralty & Maritime Law
- Advertising Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- AmLaw 200 Blogs
- Antitrust Law
- Civil Rights & Privacy Law
- Consumer Law
- Corporate & Commercial Litigation
- Criminal Law
- Divorce & Family Law
- Education Law
- Election Law & Political Commentary
- Electronic Discovery
- Employment & Labor Law
- Environmental Law
- General Counsel Blogs
- Immigration Law
- Insurance Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Law
- Judiciary Law
- Media, Entertainment & Sports Law
- Law Firm Management & Legal Marketing
- Personal Injury & Medical Law
- Probate & Estate Planning
- Real Estate & Construction Law
- Tax & Financial Law
- Whistleblower Law
- Workers' Compensation
- Law School
The Law Professor Blogs Network has ceased publication of this blog.
On November 8, 2008, I outlined the issues in the Osborne case that the Supreme Court decided a few days ago (June 18, 2009). The Court avoided the core issue of whether a prisoner has a right to be released...
This month's issue of the California Lawyer perpetuates the confusion in the media about DNA database trawls. In an article entitled "Guilt by the Numbers: How Fuzzy is the Math that Makes DNA Evidence Look So Compelling to Jurors?," award-winning...
A diagnosis that is presented in courts with some regularity is "multiple chemical sensitivity." Wikipedia provides the following links and remarks about its dubious scientific status: "Because of the lack of scientific evidence based on well-controlled clinical trials that supports...
"The National Human Genome Research Institute is sticking with a decision, made last summer, to remove free-access, pooled genomics data [from] the Internet." An article in the American Scientist implies that one reason for the decision is that "law enforcement...
McDaniel v. Brown: The Supreme Court, Bayes' Theorem, Five Brothers, and Two Errors in DNA Probabilities
At the end of January, the Supreme Court granted a petition for the writ of certiorari in McDaniel v. Brown. I noted this case back in May 2008. In Brown v. Farwell, 525 F.3d 787 (9th Cir. 2008), as the...
The National Academy of Science has been generating a lot of reports recently on forensic science topics. Its latest, long-delayed, long-awaited effort is the most ambitious. It surveys all fields of forensic science and calls for dramatic reforms in the...
Around the 1950s, psychiatry and law was in vogue. Today, we are hearing a lot about neurology and law. In the spirit of Jay Leno's "Headlines," here is an advertisement from the Oxford University Press catalog: Neurology Second Edition Michael...
The Supreme Court will consider whether an individual convicted of a crime has a constitutional right to obtain a DNA sample that might exonerate him. The case that raises this issue has produced four appellate opinions so far. The one...
Until last Friday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other groups had posted large amounts of aggregate human DNA data for easy access to researchers around the world. On Aug. 25, however, NIH removed the aggregate files of individual...