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Friday, January 4, 2019

William C. Thompson and Nicholas Scurich Post "When Does Absence of Evidence Constitute Evidence of Absence?" on SRRN.

William C. Thompson (University of California, Irvine) and Nicholas Scurich (University of California, Irvine) have posted "When Does Absence of Evidence Constitute Evidence of Absence?" (Forensic Science International) on SRRN.


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Here is the abstract:

Negative forensic evidence can be defined as the failure to find a trace after looking for it. Such evidence is often dismissed by referring to the aphorism “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” However, this reasoning can be misleading in the context of forensic science. This commentary is designed to help forensic scientists understand the probative value of negative forensic evidence.



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