The CSI effect has been a subject undergoing intense scrutiny in recent years. With the ever-increasing number of television shows, such as CSI and all of its spinoffs, that poorly represent the field of forensic science, there has also been a growing concern over the effects that media has on the legal system. Prosecutors argue that the CSI effect raises their burden of proof and makes jurors more likely to acquit in cases involving little or no forensic evidence, while defense lawyers claim that jurors are more inclined to wrongfully convict based on their unrealistic perceptions of forensic evidence. This paper aims to determine if the CSI effect exists by exploring the effects that crime-show-related media has on the community, analyzing jurors’ perceptions of forensic evidence, and comparing the currently published statistics on pre- and post-CSI acquittal rates.
"The CSI Effect: Fact or Fiction?,"
Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science:
Vol. 4, Article 1.
Available at: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/themis/vol4/iss1/1