U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

Percentage of Jurors Who Expect Scientific Evidence From Prosecution

Description

Scientific evidence of some kind is expected in every case by 46% of the jurors, in murder cases by 74%, in assault cases by 43%, in rape cases by 73%, in breaking and entering cases by 49%, in theft cases by 38%, and in crimes involving a gun by 55%. Fingerprint evidence is expected in every case by 36% of the jurors, in murder cases by 61%, in assault cases by 35%, in rape cases by 41%, in breaking and entering cases by 71%, in theft cases by 59%, and in crimes involving a gun by 66%. Ballistics evidence is expected in every case by 32% of the jurors, in murder cases by 62%, in assault cases by 23%, in rape cases by 18%, in breaking and entering cases by 17%, in theft cases by 16%, and in crimes involving a gun by 77%. DNA evidence is expected in every case by 22% of the jurors, in murder cases by 46%, in assault cases by 28%, in rape cases by 73%, in breaking and entering cases by 18%, in theft cases by 12%, and in crimes involving a gun by 17%.