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ABA Urges Judges’ Consideration Presenting Expert Testimony to Jurors

The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates adopted and revised Resolution 101C on January 12, 2012, which

urges judges and lawyers to consider the following factors in determining the manner in which expert testimony should be presented to a jury and in instructing the jury in its evaluation of expert scientific testimony in criminal and delinquency proceedings:

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Bootstrapper recognizes tabletop computer users by their shoes

Facial recognition might be all the rage in giving computer systems the ability to ascertain the identity of individuals - what with most people having different facial features and all. But a team from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, has taken a different approach to identify users of touch-based tabletop computers like Microsoft's Surface. Instead of focusing on the face, the team has looked in the opposite direction to develop a system known as Bootstrapper which distinguishes between users based on their footwear.

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Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence

Law.com published an article on Thursday, 09/29/11, highlighting the latest edition of the Reference Manual for Scientific Evidence.

A new guidebook for judges and legal professionals, the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, became available Wednesday, replacing the previous edition published in 2000.
The 1,038-page manual explains scientific concepts, shows how evidence can be manipulated, and cites judicial decisions.