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Legal Alchemy

The Use and Misuse of Science in the Law
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David L. Faigman
Henry Holt and Co.
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I. From the Dark Ages to the New Age
The Strange History of Science in the Law

II. An Overview
How Law and Science Meet—From Courts to Congress

III. The Gatekeepers
Scientific Expert Testimony in the Trial Process

IV. It Is So, If the Supreme Court Think So
The Supreme Court's Use of Science in Constitutional Interpretation

V. It's Not Just a Bad Idea, It's The Law
Science in the Legislative Process

VI. Rarely Pure, Never Simple
Science in the Federal Bureaucracy

VII. No Crystal Balls, Please
What the Future Holds for Science in the Law

Is scientific information misused by this country’s court system and lawmakers? Today more than ever before, lawyers, politicians, and government administrators are forced to wrestle with scientific research and to employ scientific thinking. The results are often less than enlightened.
In Legal Alchemy, David Faigman explores the ways the American legal system incorporates scientific knowledge into its decision making. Praised by both legal and scientific communities when it first appeared in hardcover, Legal Alchemy shows how science has been used and misused in a variety of settings, including

• The Courtroom—from the O. J. Simpson trial to the Dow Corning silicone breast implant lawsuit to landmark cases such as Roe v. Wade.

• The Legislature—where Congress uses scientific information to help enact legislation about clean air, cloning, and government science projects like the space station and the superconducting super collider.

• Government Agencies—who use science to determine policy on a variety of topics, from regulating sport utility vehicles to reintroducing gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park.

As Faigman describes these and other important cases, he provides disturbing evidence that many judges, juries, and members of Congress simply don’t understand the science behind their decisions. Finally, he offers suggestions on how the science and legal professions can overcome their miscommunication and work together more effectively.

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