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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

The Judge's Role

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The judge's role in determining admissibility is that of "gatekeeper." The judge applies the Frye, Daubert, or other standard at a hearing prior to trial, or outside of the jury's presence, to determine admissibility.

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