CSI, CSI Miami, CSI New York are very popular TV shows watched by thousands of people on a daily basis and influence the public perception. The TV shows depict the work of the crime scene investigators who are able to solve each case with forensic evidence leading to the suspect. Attorneys noticed changes in the perception of jurors and called it the CSI effect.
Discuss your thoughts if and how those shows influence the possible jurors’ perc eption that forensic evidence is required in every criminal trial? Does it raise the burden of proof for the prosecution? Are the jurors less likely to convict without forensic evidence in court?
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According to Law Cornell, the CSI effect is a “phenomenon reported by prosecutors who claim that television shows based on scientific crime solving have made actual jurors reluctant to vote to convict when, as is typically true, forensic evidence is neither necessary nor available”. While I have never personally witnessed the CSI effect, I believe in its existence. I watch shows like CSI and First 48 and aside from the perpetrator actually confessing to the crime, DNA evidence usually is what brings those cases to a definitive close. Though I have come short of serving on a jury, if I were to sit-in on a burglary or murder case, I would expect there to be some kind of forensic evidence that would link the accused to the crime. I wholeheartedly acknowledge that this can be harmful, however, as a juror I would feel more justified in convicting a person whose DNA or fingerprints were found to be present. This kind of thinking does raise the burden of proof for the prosecution, but how many innocent people have been incarcerated from simply resembling the perpetrator? Everyone wants justice, but not at the expense of an innocent party.
CSI Effect. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://law.cornell.edu/wex/csi_effect.
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