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Press Release: DeSales University to Host Nationally Known Forensic Scientist
Date: 10/18/2002

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DeSales University to Host Nationally Known Forensic Scientist

Center Valley, Pa., - (October 18, 2002) James E. Starrs, the George Washington University professor known for his work in forensics in national cases including the Lindbergh kidnapping and the Borden murders, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Monday, November 11, 2002, in the McShea Student Center at DeSales University's Center Valley Campus.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Starrs will speak on "Bones of Contention: Exhumation and Forensic Science from Jesse James to John Wilkes Booth." He will talk about cases that involve the exhuming of bodies of historical figures around whom legends have developed and how he uses modern methods of forensic science to determine what really happened to them.

Starrs has been a member of George Washington University's law school faculty since 1964. He has taught courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and property as well as an elective titled Forensic Science.

He completed his post-graduate work in criminal law at New York University, where he subsequently held a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Starrs holds a joint appointment with the faculty of George Washington University's Columbian School of Arts and Sciences, where he specializes in forensic science.

Co-author of a leading textbook on scientific evidence, Starrs has directed or participated in scientific investigations into the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Sacco and Vanzetti robbery-murders, the Alfred Packer cannibalism cases, the assassination of Senator Huey Long, the hatchet murders of the Bordens, the CIA-LSD related death of Frank Olson, the identification of Jesse James, the death of Meriwether Lewis, and the location of the remains of Samuel Washington.

He has testified as an expert witness in fingerprinting, DNA analysis, and in the aborted effort to exhume the remains of John Wilkes Booth. He has written numerous articles on issues in forensic science and has written and edited The Scientific Sleuthing Review, a journal of legal and scientific information, for 20 years. Starrs is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences..

Press Release: DeSales University to Host Nationally Known Forensic Scientist | Posted on: 10/18/2002

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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