Beyond the Sea: An American View of Scientific Evidence in English Criminal Cases

Joelle Moreno

Paul Roberts' and Adrian Zuckerman's ambitious new book, Criminal Evidence, applies the authors' "contexualized approach to evidence and proof" to study the question of how scientific evidence is used in English criminal trials. This review provides a critical read of Roberts' and Zuckerman's analysis and compares their review of the English evidentiary rules to the American law. The review also examines how the rules of evidence should change in response to the series of recent high profile exonerations that have occurred in each country.

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International Commentary on Evidence (ICE) is a peer-reviewed journal on evidence law and theory. Its purpose is to promote scholarly communication about the law of evidence without regard to political or academic boundaries. ICE is an electronic publication, on the world-wide web. Electronic publication allows the fastest possible exchange of ideas consistent with peer-review.