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DNA TESTING
08/15/1989
ABC
NYBL12611A
COVERAGE REGARDING DNA (DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID) TESTING BEING USED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS. 11:29:03:14 CS / VO ON DNA TESTING. CLIP FROM THE MOVIE "RAISING ARIZONA". CU OF A TECHNICIAN ON IT. TED KOPPEL INTRODUCES A JOHN MARTIN CS. COMPUTER GRAPHICS OF DNA. HARDING MOTTESHEARD, A JURY FOREMAN, CALLS DNA FINGERPRINTS A PICTURE YOU CAN'T DOUBT. VS AS LAWYERS AND PROSECUTORS INTRODUCE DNA EVIDENCE DURING CRIMINAL TRIALS. JUROR BETTY CUNNINGHAM REFERS TO DNA EVIDENCE AS ICING ON THE CAKE THAT SHOWED A CRIME WAS COMMITTED. EXT AND INT OF LIFECODES CORPORATION LABORATORY WHERE DNA TESTING IS DONE. FILE VIDEO OF POLICE AT A CRIME SCENE. VS AS A TECHNICIAN PERFORMS A DNA TEST. KAREN WEXLER OF LIFECODES CLAIMS THE CHANCES OF A FALSE IDENTIFICATION ARE ABOUT ONE IN 100,000,000. WS OF A BUSY STREET IN LONDON, ENGLAND. NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS FROM A STORY IN "THE TIMES" ABOUT A MURDER CONVICTION FOR COLIN PITCHFORK THROUGH DNA TESTING. CLIP DURING TOMMY LEE ANDREWS TRIAL IN FLORIDA. A PROSECUTOR TELLS THE JURY ANDREWS LEFT HIS GENETIC FINGERPRINT AT THE CRIME SCENE. WS AS TIMOTHY SPENCER WALKS OUT OF A COURTHOUSE IN HANDCUFFS AND SURROUNDED BY PLAINCLOTHES POLICE. SPENCERS' ATTORNEY JEFFREY EVERHART COMMENTS THAT THE STATISTICAL DATA OF THE DNA PATTERN BEING REPEATED SUNK HIS CLIENT'S CASE. SU MARTIN. PHOTO OF ACCUSED MURDERER JOSE CASTRO DURING HIS TRIAL IN THE DEATH OF A PREGNANT WOMAN IN THE BRONX, NY. DEFENSE WITNESS ERIC LANDER COMMENTS ON THE RANDOM FREQUENCY OF PATTERNS IN VARIOUS ETHNIC GROUPS. DEFENSE ATTORNEY BARRY SCHECK QUESTIONS DNA TESTING STANDARDS. EXT OF THE FBI (FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION) HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON, DC. INT OF AN FBI LAB WHERE DNA TESTING IS PERFORMED AND TESTING STANDARDS ARE SET. CU OF A FRESH DNA SLIDE. PROSECUTION WITNESS RICHARD ROBERTS DEFENDS THE NEED FOR NATIONAL STANDARDS BUT ALSO DEFENDS THE CREDIBILITY OF THE TESTS IN THE ABSENCE OF STANDARDS. EXT OF NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL. LAW PROFESSOR DONALD SHAPIRO LOOKS THROUGH A BOOK THAT HE PULLS OFF A SHELF IN THE LAW LIBRARY. SHAPIRO SAYS HE'S NOT COMFORTABLE WITH DNA TESTING WHICH IS IN ITS EARLY STAGES AS A USEFUL TECHNOLOGY. SU MARTIN. CI: PERSONALITIES: ANDREWS, TOMMY LEE. PERSONALITIES: CASTRO, JOSE (ABOUT). PERSONALITIES: CUNNINGHAM, BETTY. PERSONALITIES: EVERHART, JEFFREY. PERSONALITIES: LANDER, ERIC. PERSONALITIES: MOTTESHEARD, HARDING. PERSONALITIES: PITCHFORK, COLIN (ABOUT). PERSONALITIES: ROBERTS, RICHARD. PERSONALITIES: SCHECK, BARRY. PERSONALITIES: SHAPIRO, DONALD. PERSONALITIES: SPENCER, TIMOTHY. PERSONALITIES: WEXLER, KAREN. CRIME: MURDER. JUSTICE: TRIALS. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: DNA TESTING.
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