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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, September 2, 2013

Biber on the Cultural Afterlife of Criminal Evidence

Katherine Biber (University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law) has posted In Crime's Archive: The Cultural Afterlife of Criminal Evidence (British Journal of Criminology, (advance access) August 13, 2013) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This article explores the cultural afterlife of criminal evidence. During the criminal trial, strict rules govern the collection, admission and interpretation of evidence at trial. However, after the conclusion of the trial, this material returns to a notional ‘archive’ and is sometimes used by artists, scholars, curators and others, but subject to no rules nor standards. This article examines a range of instances in which criminal evidence has been used post-trial, and proposes a jurisprudence of sensitivity for responding to the harm that is sometimes done when criminal evidence leads a cultural afterlife.

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