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The relevance and the admissibility of evidence that are used as a part of defense in court cases is often controversial Joan E Bertin and Mary S Henifin presents the Daubert Standard proposed by the Supreme Court which lets the trial court judges act as gatekeepers for scientific evidence by examining if the evidence is reached by proper methodology Bertin and Henifin also addresses that science evidence itself can be a matter dispute since law and science are seeking different kinds of truth scientific debates rarely can be resolved 35 On the other hand Richard E Redding and N Dickon Reppucci conducts an experiment that shows the decisions judges make could be biased and that judges often have different evidentiary ratings because of their different attitudes on social science48 Both articles indicate that expert testimony or scientific evidence are often not dispositive However the articles have yet to address how a just decision can be made according to the relevance of scientific evidence when the defendants plea is a controversial subject In the past there has been many insanity defense cases where the psychological disorder itself is disputable This paper will examine the relevance of evidence and the decision made in People v Babbitt In this case Manuel Pina Babbit who is previously convicted of first degree murder and given the sentence of death appeals to the Supreme Court of California In this court Babbitt presents experts testimony to prove that he suffers from PTSD posttraumatic stress disorder Nevertheless the court affirms the conviction and denies the petition for writ of habeas corpus Are the evidencetestimony presented in the case reliable according to the Daubert Standard Did the court make a just decisionWork CitedBell DS and Champion JR PTSD another forensic epidemic of pseudo-illnessAustralian Journal of Forensic Sciences June 2013 113 - 122Bertin Joan E and Henifin Mary S Science Law and the Search for Truth in the Courtroom Lessons from Daubert v
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