In Crime's Archive: The Cultural Afterlife of Criminal Evidence
- Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
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- British Journal of Criminology, 2013, 53 (6), pp. 1033 - 1049
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This article explores the cultural afterlife of criminal evidence. During the criminal trial, strict rules govern the collection, admission and interpretation of evidence at trial. However, after the conclusion of the trial, this material returns to a notional `archive and is sometimes used by artists, scholars, curators and others, but subject to no rules or standards. This article examines a range of instances in which criminal evidence has been used post-trial, and proposes a jurisprudence of sensitivity for responding to the harm that is sometimes done when criminal evidence leads a cultural afterlife.
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