District attorneys across the nation are grumbling about a new kind of “CSI effect” that makes their jobs tougher.
Not only are juries requiring more sophisticated scientific evidence linking defendants to crimes, but suspects have learned how to destroy that evidence by watching the CBS “crime scene investigation” TV shows, according to prosecutors. Techniques such as bleaching away DNA, scrubbing away fingerprints — even those on a neck limp from strangulation — and torching bodies and crimes scenes top the list.
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