Washington Law Review


This Comment assesses the current state of forensic DNA tests and analyzes whether courts should admit the results of these tests as evidence. Section I provides a background discussion of how DNA tests work. This knowledge is essential for attorneys and courts seeking to evaluate expert testimony and analyze important issues concerning the reliability and admissibility of DNA test results. Section I also proposes safeguards and standards to facilitate the judicial acceptance of forensic DNA tests. Section II discusses judicial approaches to the admissibility of novel scientific techniques such as DNA tests, and concludes that courts should admit the results of DNA tests.

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