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Copyright (c) 2007 New England School of Law
New England Law Review

SYMPOSIUM: THE CSI EFFECT: THE TRUE EFFECT OF CRIME SCENE TELEVISION ON THE JUSTICE SYSTEM: REMARKS ON THE USE AND MISUSE OF FORENSIC SCIENCE TO LEAD TO FALSE CONVICTIONS

Spring, 2007

41 New Eng. L. Rev. 609

Author

EDWARD J. UNGVARSKY*

Excerpt



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