Thursday4May 2023

Lunch at the Forum

Forensic Evidence in the Courtroom: Constitutional and Other Limitations - Mario Mainero

Thursday, May 4, 2023 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PST
2023-05-04 11:30 2023-05-04 14:00 America/Los_Angeles Lunch at the Forum Go to event listing for more details: BK 404 Beckman Hall 404 - George Bush Conference Center Joy Flynn, Manager, Support Group Programs

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Beckman Hall 404 - George Bush Conference Center

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From breathalyzer results to chemical analysis of alleged drugs to DNA evidence, forensic evidence plays an important part in meeting the burden of proof in criminal cases.  But introducing that evidence requires satisfying the Constitution’s Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause, in addition to other rules if the evidence is produced through a novel technique. Evidence introduction is not always so easy, especially when the lab tech or scientist who performs the actual forensic work is unavailable to testify or there is insufficient scientific consensus on the method used to produce the evidence. Mario Mainero's talk will survey the different kinds of forensic evidence that prosecutors may seek to introduce, and the limitations on introducing such forensic evidence that can spell the difference between conviction and dismissal of a prosecution.


You can contact the event organizer, Joy Flynn, Manager, Support Group Programs at or (714) 744-7608.

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