Education & Training

The CSI Effect

prepared by the NCSTL Research Department
June 2011


Studies & Journal Articles | Books | Media | Newspaper & Magazine Articles



Studies & Journal Articles

Gray Cavender and Sarah K. Deutsch, CSI and Moral Authority: The Police and Science 3[1] Crime Media Culture 67 (April 2007) http://cmc.sagepub.com

Simon A. Cole and Rachel Dioso-Villa, Investigating the 'CSI Effect' Effect: Media and Litigation Crisis in Criminal Law, 61 Stan. L. Rev. 1335 (April 2009) http://www.stanfordlawreview.org/content/volume-61

Craig M. Cooley, Forensic Individualization Sciences and the Capital Jury: Are Witherspoon Jurors More Deferential to Suspect Science than Non-Witherspoon Jurors?, 28 S. Ill. U. L.J. 273 (Winter 2004) http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/siulj

Craig M. Cooley, Forgettable Science, Forensic Science, and Capital Punishment: Reforming the Forensic Science Community to Avert the Ultimate Injustice, 15 Stan. L. & Pol'y Rev. 381 (2004) http://slpr.stanford.edu

Gary A. Davis, Karen L. Paullet, Max Houck, & Tom Swan, Does the Technology Portrayed in Television Crime Shows have an Effect on Potential Jurors, XI Issues in Information Systems 154 (2010) http://www.iacis.org/iis/2010_iis/Table%20of%20Contents%20No1_files/154-163_LV2010_1439.pdf

J. Herbie DiFonzo, Devil in a White Coat: The Temptation of Forensic Evidence in the Age of CSI, 41 New Eng. L. Rev. 503 (2006-2007) http://www.nesl.edu/students/law_review.cfm

Ken Dowler, Thomas Fleming, and Stephen L. Muzzatti, Constructing Crime: Media, Crime, and Popular Culture, 48 Can. J. Criminology & Crim. Just. 837 (Oct. 1, 2006) http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/q123p55445764323

Judith Fordham, Bad Press: Does the Jury Deserve It?, 36th Australian Legal Convention (2009) http://www.lawcouncil.asn.au/shadomx/apps/fms/fmsdownload.cfm?file_uuid=D0D745F4-1E4F-17FA-D2E0-CB5017D3CD10&siteName=lca

Luke Francis Georgette, The Hung Jury: Scholarly Consensus on the Value of the CSI Effect in the Future of American Justice, 3 Intersect 1 (2010) http://www.stanford.edu/group/publicknowledge/cgi-bin/ojs/sts- journal/index.php/intersect/article/viewPDFInterstitial/209/85

Janne A. Holmgren & Judith Fordham, The CSI Effect and the Canadian and the Australian Jury, 56 J. Forensic Sci. S63 (Dec. 2010) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01621.x/full

Edward J. Imwinkelried, Dealing with the Supposed Jury Preconceptions about the Significance of the Lack of Evidence: The Difference Between the Perspective of the Policymaker and that of the Advocate, 27 T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 37 (2010) http://lawreview.tmc.cooley.edu/Resources/Documents/2_27-1%20Imwinkelreid%20Article.pdf

Young S. Kim, Gregg Barak, & Donald E. Shelton, Examining the "CSI-effect" in the Cases of Circumstantial Evidence and Eyewitness Testimony: Multivariate and Path Analyses, 37 J. Crim. Just. 452 (2009) http://washtenawtrialcourt.org/general/judge_profiles/DESPubs/published%20article%20JCJ921.pdf

Tamara F. Lawson, Before the Verdict and Beyond the Verdict: The CSI Infection within Modern Criminal Jury Trials, 41 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 119 (Fall 2009) http://www.luc.edu/law/activities/publications/lljdocs/vol41_no1/pdfs/lawson_verdict.pdf

Maricopa County Attorney's Office, CSI: Maricopa County: The CSI Effect and Its Real-Life Impact on Justice, Maricopa County, AZ (June 30, 2005) http://www.ce9.uscourts.gov/jc2008/references/csi/CSI_Effect_report.pdf

Michael Mopas, Examining the 'CSI Effect' through an ANT Lens, Crime Media Culture, vol. 3, issue 1, pages 110-117 (April 2007) http://cmc.sagepub.com

National Center for State Courts, How the Public Views the State Courts: A 1999 National Survey, http://www.ncsconline.org/WC/Publications/Res_AmtPTC_PublicViewCrtsPub.pdf

Thomas W. Nolan, Depiction of the CSI Effect in Popular Culture: Portrait in Domination and Effective Affectation, 41 New Eng. L. Rev. 575 (2007) http://www.nesl.edu/students/law_review.cfm

Kimberlianne Podlas, Guilty on All Accounts: Law & Order's Impact on Public Perception of Law and Order, 18 Seton Hall J. Sports & Ent. L. 1 (2008) http://law.shu.edu/Students/academics/journals/sports-entertainment/Issues/current/index.cfm

Kimberlianne Podlas, The "CSI Effect"and Other Forensic Fictions, 27 Loyola L.A. Ent. L. Rev. 87 (2007) http://elr.lls.edu/issues/v27-issue2/documents/06.Podlas.pdf

Kimberlianne Podlas, "The CSI Effect": Exposing the Media Myth, 16 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 429 (Winter 2006) http://law2.fordham.edu/publications/articles/200flspub5906.pdf

Monica L.P. Robbers, Blinded by Science: The Social Construction of Reality in Forensic Television Shows and Its Effect on Criminal Jury Trials 19 Crim. Just. Pol'y Rev. 84 (2008) http://www.sagepub.com/spohnstudy/articles/4/Robbers.pdf

N.J. Schweitzer & Michael J. Saks, The CSI Effect: Popular Fiction about Forensic Science Affects the Public's Expectations about Real Forensic Science, 47 Jurimetrics J. 357 (Spring 2007) http://www.public.asu.edu/~nschwei/archive/csieffect.pdf

Donald E. Shelton, The 'CSI Effect': Does It Really Exist?, NIJ Journal, No. 259 (March 2008) http://www.nij.gov/nij/journals/259/csi- effect.htm

Donald E. Shelton, "CSI Effect": Juror Expectations for Forensic Science: Does Reality Meet the Standard?, 27 T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 1 (2010) http://lawreview.tmc.cooley.edu/Resources/Documents/1_27-1%20Shelton%20Article.pdf

Donald E. Shelton, Young S. Kim, & Gregg Barak, An Indirect-Effects Model of Mediated Adjudication: The CSI Myth, the Tech Effect, and Metropolitan Jurors' Expectations for Scientific Evidence, 12 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 1 (Fall 2009) http://law.vanderbilt.edu/publications/journal-entertainment-technology-law/archive/index.aspx

Donald E. Shelton, Young S. Kim and Gregg Barak, A Study of Juror Expectations and Demands Concerning Scientific Evidence: Does the "CSI Effect" Exist?, 9 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 331 (Winter 2006). http://law.vanderbilt.edu/publications/journal-entertainment-technology-law/archive/index.aspx

Steven M. Smith, Marc W. Patry, & Veronica Stinson, But What is the CSI Effect? How Crime Dramas Influence People's Beliefs About Forensic Evidence, 5 Canadian J. Police & Security Services 187 (Fall/Winter 2007) http://husky1.stmarys.ca/~mpatry/Smithetal07.pdf

Veronica Stinson, Marc W. Patry, & Steven M. Smith, The CSI Effect: Reflections from Police and Forensic Investigators, 5 Canadian J. Police & Security Services 125 (Fall/Winter 2007) http://husky1.stmarys.ca/~mpatry/Stinsonetal07.pdf

Tom R. Tyler, Viewing CSI and the Threshold of Guilt: Managing Truth and Justice in Reality and Fiction, 115 Yale L.J. 1050 (Mar. 2006) http://www.yalelawjournal.org/pdf/115-5/Tyler.pdf

Michael J. Watkins, Forensics in the Media: Have Attorneys Reacted to the Growing Popularity of Forensic Crime Dramas? (2004, independently published masters thesis) http://www.coolings.net/education/papers/Capstone-Electronic.pdf

Michael J. Watkins, Forensics in the Media: Have Judges Been Influenced by the Growing Popularity of Forensic CrimeDramas? (2010, independently published masters thesis) http://www.coolings.net/education/papers/judgescsi.pdf

Rhonda Wheate, Australian Juries and Scientific Evidence, 38 Australian J. Forensic Sci. 75 (July 2006) http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a910905954

Jenny Wise, Providing the CSI Treatment: Criminal Justice Practitioners and the CSI Effect, 21 Current Issues in Criminal Justice 383 (2009) http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=250856673663167;res=IELHSS


Books

Michele Byers & Val Marie Johnson, The CSI Effect: Television, Crime, and Governance (Lexington Books 2009)
http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=qN3DB7_VkgQC&oi=fnd&pg=PA3&dq=%22CSI+Effect%22&ots=tRhVTfgbMs&sig=3RlzBXJwJI9NnmK40aYewjEuW1c#v=onepage&q&f=false

Donn Cortez & Leah Wilson, Investigating CSI: An Unauthorized Look Inside the Crime Labs of Las Vegas, Miami, and New York (Benbella 2006)
http://www.amazon.com/Investigating-CSI-Unauthorized-Inside-Crime/dp/1932100938

Aric W. Dutelle & Joseph LeFevre, An Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation (Jones & Bartlett Publishers 2011)
http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Crime-Scene-Investigation/dp/0763762415

Ayn Embar, Seddon & Allan D. Pass, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Salem Press 2008)
http://salempress.com/store/samples/forensic_science/forensic_science_csi.htm

Derek Kompare, CSI (Wiley-Blackwell Series in Film and Television, Blackwell Publishing 2010)
http://www.amazon.com/Wiley-Blackwell-Film-Television-Derek-Kompare/dp/1405186097

Aubri F. McDonald, Media, Crime & Culture: An Investigation into the CSI Effect (VDM Verlag 2009)
http://www.amazon.com/Media-Crime-Investigation-into-Effect/dp/3639170296

Katherine Ramsland, The C.S.I. Effect, (Berkeley Publishing Group 2006)
href="http://www.amazon.com/C-S-Effect-Crime-Scene/dp/0786293551

Donald Shelton, Forensic Science in Court: Challenges in the Twenty First Century (Rowman & Littlefield 2011)
http://www.amazon.com/Forensic-Science-Court-Challenges-Century/dp/1442201886

Dennis J. Stevens, Media and Criminal Justice: The CSI Effect (Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2011)
http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=-aJAtrK3RmsC&oi=fnd&pg=PR13&dq=%22CSI+Effect%22&ots=h-Gndpjahu&sig=9V4s2wf37RzkxXdIbT_E-8fA2CQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Flaschner Judicial Institute, & Macaronis Institute of Trial and Appellate Advocacy, The CSI Effect: Litigation Strategies and Courtroom Dynamics (Center for Advanced Legal Studies 2007)
http://www.law.suffolk.edu/academic/als/bookdetail.cfm?cid=562

Ray Surette, Media Crime, and Criminal Justice (Wadsworth Cengage Learning 2011)
http://www.amazon.com/Media-Crime-Criminal-Justice-Surette/dp/0495809144


Media

The CSI Effect, Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees, CNN, Feb. 23, 2005
http://wn.com/Anderson_Cooper_360_The_CSI_Effect.

The 'CSI' Effect on Criminal Justice, NPR News & Notes, May 9, 2008
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90323093

Prosecutors Feel the ‘CSI Effect,’ CBS Evening News, Feb. 10, 2005
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/02/10/eveningnews/main673060.shtml

Arun Rath, Is the 'CSI Effect' Influencing Courtrooms?, NPR, February 7, 2011
http://www.npr.org/2011/02/06/133497696/is-the-csi-effect-influencing-courtrooms

Dina Temple-Raston, Call for Forensic Overhaul Linked to 'CSI' Effect, NPR, Feb. 19, 2009
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100831831


Newspaper & Magazine Articles

Timothy Appleby, How Real Crime Scene Investigators Work: The Infamous CSI-Television Effect is 'Just One Major Headache,' Toronto Globe & Mail, April 12, 2008, at A12
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/how-real-crime-scene-investigators-work/article32040

Timothy Appleby, When Guilt or Innocence Depends on Fact or Fiction: CSI and Similar Shows Are Blurring the Lines Between Television and Reality, Toronto Globe & Mail, Nov. 22, 2006, at A16
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/when-guilt-or-innocence-depends-on-fact-or-fiction/article207336

Wendy Brickell, Is It the CSI Effect or Do We Just Distrust Juries?, Criminal Justice Magazine, Summer 2009, at 10
http://www.americanbar.org/publications/criminal_justice_magazine_home/crimjust_cjmag_23_2_home.html

Karin Cather, The CSI Effect: Fake TV and Its Impact on Jurors in Criminal Cases, The Prosecutor, Mar./Apr. 2004
http://www.ndaa.org/prosecutor.html

Amy Lennard Goehner, Lina Lofaro, and Kate Novack, Ripple Effect: Where CSI Meets Real Law and Order, Time, Nov. 1, 2004, at 69
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,749437,00.html

Mark Hansen, The Uncertain Science of Evidence, ABA Journal, Jul. 2005, at 53
http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/the_uncertain_science_of_evidence

Max M. Houck, CSI: REALITY, Scientific American, July 2006
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&articleID=000394C8-1227-1493-906183414B7F0162
See also http://www.mcdb.ucla.edu/Research/Goldberg/HC70A_W10/pdf/CSIReality.pdf

Flynn McRoberts, Steve Mills and Maurice Possley, The CSI effect: Fact or fiction?(CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Chicago Tribune, June 8, 2005
http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-133079274.html

Kit R. Roane and Dan Morrison, The CSI Effect, U.S. News & World Report, April 25, 2005, at 48
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/culture/articles/050425/25csi.htm

The "CSI Effect," The Economist, April 22, 2010
http://www.economist.com/node/15949089

Jeffrey Toobin, The CSI Effect: The Truth About Forensic Science, The New Yorker, May 7, 2007
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/05/07/070507fa_fact_toobin