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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Trial Presentation

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Openings in a DNA Case

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During the opening statement, attorneys should be careful not to misstate or overstate the character of the DNA evidence that will be presented.  Caution should be used if changing the language of the statistics as this may cause inadvertent misstatements about the significance of the results.

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