Untangling the CSI Effect in Criminal Jurisprudence: Circumstantial Evidence, Reasonable Doubt, and Jury Manipulation
“Perry Mason” moments have captivated courtrooms all over the country. These are moments in which jaws drop open, gasps of air are heard, and lawyers on the other wide cringe with disappointment. While these dramatic courtroom scenes have occurred, the vast majority of cases are far less spectacular. Investigation of crime scenes and the processing of scientific information for the purpose of decision-making in criminal trials has become the focus of countless television shows. . . .