Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals

Each student will be required to submit a position paper as to his/her opinion reference an assigned courtroom case which dealt with forensic science evidence admissibility. Regardless of the position you take, the paper must include your reasoning for choosing that position. In essence, you will “pick a side” and argue for that side. You are responsible for “convincing” the instructor as to why your position is correct and fair. Specifically, you will review ALL the facts of the case and, based on your research, you will argue FOR or AGAINST the admissibility of the forensic science evidence and/or technique used to describe/analyze the evidence. Students will utilize at least three (5) scholarly references to support the student’s position and will properly cite the source. The completed position paper will: Use 12-point font, double-spaced format, and one-inch margins throughout the paper. Include a header (i.e., the shortened title of paper and page number). Follow APA regulations (refer to your APA manual) which require a reference page, including all references ascribed to in paper; properly cite the sources both in the body of the paper and on the “References” page. The title page and the reference page does not count towards the five pages that the position paper needs to be. The case for this assignment is Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals.

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