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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court


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The defendant may seek access to the following information:

  • An explanation of DNA testing and interpretation of results.
  • An assessment of the accuracy of the prosecution lab's conclusion in the case.
  • The significance of that conclusion in terms of the overall evidence in the case.
  • A defense expert to evaluate the residual portion of the evidence at his/her own expense.
  • An independent laboratory to conduct DNA testing if consumption is an issue.

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