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The CSI effect has made juries less likely to convict when faced with a circumstantial case. LT Dwayne Holligan faces this problem in his most recent case, the murder of Sarah Donovan, the girlfriend of a fellow officer. When the D.A. tells Holligan to cut the killer loose, the young officer decides to take matters into his own hands... Can he thwart the reviled CSI effect ...more
Kindle Edition, 12 pages
Published December 4th 2013 by Wandering Word Press
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Loved this well written short story about good cops trying to get a confession out of a murder suspect. Without the forensic evidence they need fo convict all they have are their instincts. The writing is strong and rings true. The sad fact is that shows like CSI and other procedural police dramas set up an expectation in potential jurors that block convictions because cops lack DNA or fingerprints to really tie a criminal to a crime. The police are stuck between a rock and a hard place trying t ...more
Any piece of fiction that helps me see some aspect of life in a new way is a winner in my book. I suppose I was vaguely aware of the "CSI effect," but this story cemented the concept for me. I appreciated the snappy dialogue and the gritty twist in the end. A quick, interesting read that held my attention.
I've been watching shows like SCI for a long time now, but who knew there was such a thing as a "SCI effect?" It's a real thing, the author notes at the end of this story, and the bane of the police and prosecutors. Quick, fun short story. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
From her super-secret lair near Kansas City, Liberty Speidel imagines no-nonsense stories with heart-hitting appeal. Subsisting a little too heavily on Earl Grey tea and dark chocolate-covered almonds, she claims this helps her write the highly-acclaimed Darby Shaw Chronicles and upcoming Justice trilogy. Her husband and kids occasionally pull her away from the computer for camping and hiking trip ...moreMore about Liberty Speidel