Find at least two (2) articles focused on two separate “real life” criminal cases in which DNA played a major role. Appropriate examples for this assignment might include the O.J. Simpson case or the John Benet Ramsey case although there are a myriad of true cases conducive for this assignment. Hint: The Innocence Project website serves as a great resource for this assignment. www.innocenceproject.org/
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These articles can be from electronic sources, newspapers, or online journals however the cases must have occurred in the United States.
1) Based on the information from your research, write a summary of the impact and/or circumstances surrounding the DNA evidence. Also, please be sure to address the specific DNA technologies applicable to the case if in fact they are address in your research (i.e. mtDNA, Y-STR, ABO/PCR-based reverse dot-blot tests, etc. Note: Please remember to focus on the DNA evidence and not other types of physical evidence. For example, providing a lengthy case overview, biography of the offender, or rehashing of the case itself will not earn high marks. This paper should focus on the DNA technologies specifically.
2) In a separate section, state your opinion of the criminal cases you selected. Specifically, do you believe that the use of DNA evidence was ethical in these cases, do you believe the cases would have had the same outcome if not for the use of DNA (i.e. guilt or innocence of the offender), were the articles you selected written in a neutral, unbiased fashion, was the author pro- or anti- DNA, etc.
3) Finally, please discuss how the information learned in this class has given you more insight into the cases you opted to write about. Please note all three sections must be included for this library assignment.
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