Trials and Triumphs of DNA Evidence
Rutgers University Press
On Sale: January 30, 2008
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George "Woody" Clarke has been renowned for years in legal
circles and among the news media because of his expertise in
DNA evidence. In this memoir, Clarke chronicles his
experiences in some of the most disturbing and notorious
sexual assault and murder court cases in California. He
charts the beginnings of DNA testing in police
investigations and the fight for its acceptance by courts
and juries. He illustrates the power of science in cases he
personally prosecuted or in which he assisted, including his
work with the prosecution team in the trial of O.J. Simpson.
Although Clarke spent much of his career as a prosecutor, he
also covers cases where DNA evidence was used to exonerate.
He directed a special project, proactively examining over
six hundred cases of defendants convicted and sentenced to
prison before 1993, with the goal of finding instances in
which DNA typing might add new evidence and then offered
testing to those inmates.
Databases of both convicted offenders and no-suspect cases
demonstrate the power of DNA testing to solve the
unsolvable. As Clarke tells the story of how he came to
understand and use this new form of evidence, readers will
develop a new appreciation for the role of science in the
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