The CSI Effect
The CSI effect, also known as the CSI syndrome and the CSI infection, is any of several ways in which the exaggerated portrayal of forensic science on crime television shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation influences public perception. The term most often refers to the belief that jurors have come to demand more forensic evidence in criminal trials, thereby raising the effective standard of proof for prosecutors.
1) Do you believe that the CSI effect exists? Why or why not?
2) Is such detrimental to prosecutors and/or law enforcement? Why or why not? How?
3) If you were on a jury in a murder case, what evidence would you expect to be presented with?
4) What about a rape case?
5) Would you have trouble convicting someone of either murder or rape with out forensic evidence? Why or why not?