Since the inception of television series namely Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) in the year 2000, the aspect of criminal justice and investigation has never been the same. This is because of the way that the series depicts the processes of investigation using highly sophisticated equipment and scientific information to deliver justice. Numerous film reviewers and critics have given an amazing critique and commendation about this series. On the other hand attorneys, police investigators and scientists have begun paying attention to the program’s information. This poses serious questions as to whether there is a justification of using criteria that is applied on cast such as biological evidence in real life investigation. Furthermore is it better to put limits to the CSI evidence or not and lastly what is the extent by which the human error affects the outcome of the cases.
According to Houck (16) the continued view of the program has made the colleges and schools to have interest on forensic evidence as a form of precise judgment. The role of biology in the program is seen to be the only source of breakthrough in complicated cases that are not provable. This is by the use of DNA tests on the crime scene to link suspects with the crimes or indeed to prove them otherwise. He further notes that the role of the authorities is to keep the citizenry not only safe but also in a just manner whereby the victims as well as the suspects are able to get what they deserve.
Biological evidence is tried and tested in the laboratories using sophisticated machines and a high level of expertise. It is considered to be almost 100% accurate citing the fact that experiments taken are provable and believable. An anonymous quote goes that justice done must also be justice see which stresses on the factor of proof. The role of biological or forensic evidence serves this purpose of showing with certainty what transpired on crime scenes.
With the hype that is surrounding the issue of forensic evidence to solve the cases posses greater challenges as well. They include the capability of the justice system at this point in time to analyze and come up with concrete evidence that can be sufficiently used in the court. The screen depicts a situation where there is picture perfection in the operation and delivery of justice which is not in the actual world today. This is the basis through which Houck suggests that there should be a limit in the usage of the forensic evidence in the present time. He shows that the laboratories in the country are not equipped with the relevant resources that can adequately be used to solve the question.
It is objective to say that the forensic evidence should be put to limit and the extent of its usage determined by a professional body that can account for that type of evidence. The judgment in any court is based on the eyes of the jury and if it impossible to judge the case beyond reasonable doubt. This can be sufficient enough, in my opinion, without necessarily involving the forensic evidence which is likely to complicate the issues more. Further more in crime related stories and cases the use of forensic approach may drag on for years thus making the victims who might have experienced the pain of those acts prolong their suffering. For example in cases involving murder and bodily harm, the trauma continues with the prolonging of the case hence if there is sufficient evidence which can deliver justice then the forensic evidence should be limited to this case.
The CSI series depicts the forensic cases as error proof and quick means of getting correct judgments. This may not be exactly the case. In everything done by human beings, chances are that the natural human error is likely to influence the outcome. This is one limitation of the forensic evidence that is highly moralized. Since cases that are involving the superior use of technology and forensic proof are likely to be of large scale, issue of corruption, intimidation and so on can easily arise and affect the outcome.
This is one of the factors that may arise in the due process of investigation that may make the experts give out information that is untrue. However apart from that, error in sampling and formulation of the experiment albeit in a small way may change the outcome of the case and lead to the wrong verdict.
To avoid this Houck advocates a fact that for the evidence to be reliable and agreeable there must be an increased in the research and equipment by the government in order to promote the effectiveness of the process. Because forensic is an inter-discipline affair joint research and working should be the core of operation between the police investigators, the DNA experts and the other involved parties.
In summary, the forensic investigation has received a high rating among the citizenry since the idea came on national television. However more needs to be done in order to equip the laboratories and minimize the effect on human error.
Mr. Houck tries to portray the aspect of criminal investigation in a very delicate manner using the biological and forensic manner. In as much as there is a larger sense that the process is fool proof more needs to be done. This involves reach and equipment to avoid human error.