The Real CSI

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From the courtroom to the living room (thanks to the hit television series CSI), forensic science is king. Expertise on fingerprints, ballistics and bite mark analysis is routinely called on to solve the most difficult criminal cases - and to put the guilty behind bars. But how reliable is the science behind forensics? A FRONTLINE investigation finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science and wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtroom. From the sensational murder trial of Casey Anthony and the FBI's botched investigation of the Madrid terrorist bombing to capital cases in rural Mississippi, FRONTLINE documents how a field with few uniform standards and unproven science can undermine the search for justice. As part of the investigative series Post Mortem, Correspondent Lowell Bergman reports in a joint investigation with ProPublica and the Investigative Reporting Program at UCBerkeley.


  • Terror in Europe
  • Confronting ISIS
  • The Choice 2016
  • The Education of Omarina
  • A Subprime Education
  • A Subprime Education/The Education of Omarina
  • Mosquito Hunter
  • Policing the Police
  • Business of Disaster
  • The Secret History of ISIS
  • Benghazi in Crisis/Yemen Under Siege
  • Yemen Under Siege
  • Benghazi in Crisis
  • Children of Syria
  • Saudi Arabia Uncovered
  • Chasing Heroin
  • The Fantasy Sports Gamble
  • Supplements and Safety
  • Netanyahu at War
  • Children of ISIS
  • ISIS in Afghanistan/Taliban Hunters
  • Taliban Hunters
  • ISIS in Afghanistan
  • Terror in Little Saigon


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