This popular show raises the expectations for forensic evidence, that when members arrive at trials the jurors are disappointed by the real evidence that is presented. It is believed by an expert forensic scientist that “40% of the "science" on CSI does not exist, and most of the rest is performed in ways that crime lab personnel can only dream about.” (Thomas Mauriello) Jurors influenced by the show fail to see that CSI is only a fictional show and it makes jurors expect high tech forensics to exist and solve all kinds of crimes. Realistically in trials there is... ... middle of paper ... ...ons of jurors. When evidence cannot be provided prosecutors must find convincing methods to let the jurors understand why they are unable to do so. 4 Significantly members of the courtroom should understand and anticipate that these jurors are entering these courts with knowledge of the justice system and forensic evidence.
Although the connection between the CSI Effect and a criminal’s mind is a growing problem, the CSI Effect influencing jurors in the United States by causing unrealistic expectations for definite forensic evidence, creating an increased ‘knowledge’ about forensic science and by creating an expectation for criminal cases and trials to be equivalent to what happens on popular criminal justice television shows is a much bigger issue. A juror who has no experience with or background knowledge on the subject of forensic science is a rarity in this day and age. In 2006, 70 million people watched one of the three versions of CSI in one week and 30 million watched the original CSI in one night (Shelton). Thanks to these popular television shows people are beginning to think they have certain knowledge about the way a case should be investigated and what scientific evidence needs to be provided in court. The worst thing about the CSI Effect is that “jurors think they have a thorough understanding ... ... middle of paper ... ....org/2011/02/06/133497696/is-the-csi- effect-influencing-courtrooms>.
Wrongful Convictions Introduction There is no true way to know the amount of individuals who have been wrongfully convicted (Neubauer, 2011). Contrary to popular belief, justice and law are not coexisting (Gershman, 1993, pp. 502-515). Most individuals feel and believe that the Criminal Justice System would have steps in place to catch and rectify this issue (Neubauer, 2011). The advent of DNA testing not only generated more attention for, and research about wrongful convictions (Gould, 2010, pp.
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There has been numerous cop or court shows on TV such as Perry Mason, but at the end of 2000 CBS aired, first of its kind, crime drama show called CSI. The show started out showing a murder occurring and the crime scene investigators discussing the case. The show proceeds to show the problems the investigators face and the techniques they are going to use to solve the case. Millions of people tuned in to the hour long show to watch Grissom and the other investigators solve crimes by using sophisticated machines like a mass spectrometer and comparison microscopes etc. Each of the characters specialized in different areas of science such as blood spatter analyst, audio video expert, hair/fiber expert, and material/element analyst.