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He Jiahong

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824856618

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824856618.001.0001

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The Misinterpretation of Scientific Evidence

The Misinterpretation of Scientific Evidence

(p.31) Chapter Three The Misinterpretation of Scientific Evidence
Back from the Dead

Jiahong He

University of Hawai'i Press

In a well-known case of “back from the dead,” Teng Xingshan was convicted in Hunan for murdering his mistress and sentenced to death in 1988. Several years after his execution, it was discovered that the supposed victim was still alive. The Hunan High People's Court issued a revised judgment in accordance with trial supervision procedure and declared that Teng Xingshan was not guilty. Based on analysis of the Teng Xingshan case, this chapter outlines major types of interpretive errors and asserts the importance of accurate interpretation of scientific evidence as well as awareness of its fallibility.

Keywords:   investigation, scientific evidence, class identification, individualization, physical evidence, probability, lie detection, fingerprint analysis, footprint analysis, Teng Xingshan

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