9 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 331 (2006-2007)
A Study of Juror Expectations and Demands concerning Scientific Evidence: Does the CSI Effect Exist

handle is hein.journals/vanep9 and id is 339 raw text is: A Study of Juror Expectations and
Demands Concerning Scientific
Evidence: Does the CSI Effect Exist?
Hon. Donald E. Shelton*, Young S. Kim**, and Gregg Barak**
I.     FRAM   ING  THE  PROBLEM    ............................................................. 334
II.    M ETH  O D  ...................................................................................... 337
A .  P articip ants .......................................................................... 337
B .  M aterials  .............................................................................. 340
C .  P roced ure  ............................................................................. 343
III.   R ESU LTS  ...................................................................................... 343
A. Law Related Television Programs and Their Perceived
A ccu racy  ............................................................................... 343
B. Demographic Characteristics of CSI Watchers .................. 347
C. Expectations about Evidence ............................................... 349
D. Demands for Particular Evidence as a Condition for a
G uilty  Verd ict ....................................................................... 354
IV .   D ISCU SSION  ................................................................................. 357
A. Generally, Juror Expectations of Being Presented with
Scientific Evidence are High ............................................... 357
*      Donald E. Shelton has been a Circuit Judge in Ann Arbor, Michigan for over 16
years and is an adjunct faculty member teaching criminal justice and political science at
Eastern Michigan University. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law
School and has authored numerous texts and articles. One of his primary interests has
been the impact of technology in the law. Judge Shelton is very appreciative of the
assistance of Kate McCracken in the administration of this study.
**     Young S. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at Eastern Michigan
University. He received his Ph.D. in Crime, Law, and Justice from Pennsylvania State
University. His current research interests include 'social contexts and crime/delinquency,'
'career criminals,' 'criminological theories,' 'minorities in criminal justice,' and 'application
of advanced research methods.
-      Gregg Barak is a Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Eastern
Michigan University and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of the College of Justice &
Safety at Eastern Kentucky University. He is the author and/or editor of more than 12
books, including VIOLENCE, CONFLICT, AND WORLD ORDER: CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS ON
STATE-SANCTIONED JUSTICE (2007).

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