Jurors can be asked about ‘CSI’

Boston Globe Mark Arsenault 24 September 2011

The state’s highest court ruled yesterday that it is permissible for judges to question potential jurors about the so-called “CSI effect’’ – whether they would require irrefutable scientific evidence in order to return a guilty verdict – without biasing a trial’s outcome.   The Supreme Judicial Court rebuffed the argument that such questions prejudice the jury by suggesting they overlook a lack of scientific evidence or unfairly weed out jurors who would require more empirical proof of guilt.

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