Case study analysis
full points, address the key concepts, make specific comments on the
example in the case study, and add your own insightful comments. Your
response also needs to include factual support from the assigned
reading. Read pages 181-192. https://intervisualte
the case below. Should DNA evidence alone be sufficient to convict when
there is no corroborative evidence? State your opinion and provide
support for it.
Ian Simms (1988)
McCourt was last seen alive as she boarded a bus on her way home from
work in Liverpool, England. Evidence found in the apartment of Ian
Simms, a local pub owner, linked him to McCourt’s disappearance. His
apartment was covered with blood, and part of McCourt’s earring was
found there. The rest of her earring was found in the trunk of his car.
Bloody clothing belonging to McCourt was found on the banks of a nearby
river. Her body was never recovered. Dr. Alec Jeffreys analyzed the
blood found in Simms’s apartment and matched it to blood from her
parents. Dr. Jeffreys determined that there was a high probability that
the blood found in Simms’s apartment matched that of Helen McCourt.
Simms was found guilty of murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment.
This was the first time DNA evidence was used to convict a murderer in a
case where the victim’s body was not found.
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