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The CSI Effect-Part I



By: Hilary Rodela, Lead Digital Content Writer for Taction USA



What is the "CSI Effect"? No doubt, it is a term we have all heard. But what does it mean and how does it affect cases, evidence, and the courtroom?


The first episode of the TV show "CSI" aired on October 6, 2000. Sadly, the first episode depicts the demise of a Crime Scene Investigator processing their first scene ever. However, the show goes into the job of a CSI and reveals the importance of evidence. Audiences everywhere were so enthralled, that the show lasted for years.



Did it depict the job of a Crime Scene Investigator accurately? Not always, but it did put evidence and forensics at the forefront of everyone's mind.



Another show that has been known to prompt the CSI Effect is Forensic Files. Different from the fictional show CSI, Forensic Files covers real cases solved by forensics alone, or at least where the forensic evidence was the star of the case.



The popularity of these shows suddenly had society using investigative and evidentiary terminology. In turn, this affected the courtroom and how cases were impacted as well as how juries viewed forensics.



Find out more in Part II of this short blog series brought to you by Taction USA!

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