FRONTLINE: The Real "CSI" DVD

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Item #: WB4972
From the courtroom to the living room (thanks to the hit television series CSI), forensic science is king. Expertise on fingerprints, ballistics and bite mark analysis are routinely called on to solve the most difficult criminal cases - and to put the guilty behind bars. But how reliable is the science behind forensics? A FRONTLINE investigation finds serious flaws in ... More
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From the courtroom to the living room (thanks to the hit television series CSI), forensic science is king. Expertise on fingerprints, ballistics and bite mark analysis are routinely called on to solve the most difficult criminal cases - and to put the guilty behind bars. But how reliable is the science behind forensics? A FRONTLINE investigation finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science and wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtroom. From the sensational murder trial of Casey Anthony and the FBI's botched investigation of the Madrid terrorist bombing to capital cases in rural Mississippi, FRONTLINE documents how a field with few uniform standards and unproven science can undermine the search for justice. As part of the investigative series Post Mortem, Correspondent Lowell Bergman reports in a joint investigation with ProPublica and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley.

Production Year: 2012
Copyright Year: 2012
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

3 Reviews
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Csi N.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Frontline - a great classroom video
Review by Csi N. on 07/17/20 review stating Frontline - a great classroom video
This video is used for our Forensic science program. Real life senario video is very impacting.
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Mel
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A must for every practitioner on CSI.
Review by Mel on 07/17/20 review stating A must for every practitioner on CSI.
Every jurors should view this first inorder not to be influenced by CSI TV. Also a must see for every Prosecutor.
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Wayne
Anonymous User
3.0 star rating
07/17/20
Buyer beware
Review by Wayne on 07/17/20 review stating Buyer beware
This is not much a documentary, but more of a series of one-sided arguments that have been presented for the past several years without succe. Many of these arguments concerning the firearm and fingerprint disciplines, once presented in court, where both sides of the argument are heard were not succeful. For example, the documentary references the statement: Fingerprints are infallible. To my knowledge the FBI never officially claimed fingerprint evidence was infallible EUR well, the word infallible was motioned once in the forward of an FBI book on fingerprints. Even then, the unknown author seemed to be referring to individual identification based on a fingerprint booking card EUR a form of identification that is a close to infallible as any evidence proceed by humans can be. Fingerprint evidence is probably the most reliable evidence introduced into court. Even the time spent on the bogus certificates was of limited value. An expert witne must be qualified as such and I suspect a witne would have a difficult time using the bogus certificate to justify qualifications in a specialty area. Of course I would like to see these bogus certificates mills go out of busine. But I think more damage was done by the incomplete information presented in this documentary. I do think any person interested in forensics should view this documentary. People should be exposed to all sides of an iue. Just keep an open mind and do a little research.


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