William C. Thompson

Professor, Criminology, Law & Society
School of Social Ecology

J.D., University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. Social Psychology, Stanford University

Phone: (949) 824-6156, 5575
Fax: (949) 824-2056
Email: wcthomps@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
232E SE
Mail Code: 5150
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Psychology and law, criminal justice, human judgment and decision making, use of social science in appellate litigation
Research Abstract
I am interested generally in the relationship between psychology and law and in human judgment and decision making. Currently, I am studying the use of mathematical and scientific evidence in jury trials, focusing on the introduction of forensic DNA tests. I am also interested in the use in trials of hearsay and character evidence and testimony of children.
Thompson, W.C. The DNA testing debate: Where do we stand and what have we learned. Orange County Lawyer (October, 1993)
Thompson, W.C. Genetics and criminal justice. In R. Steven Brown (Ed.) Advances in Genetics Information: A Guide for State Policy Makers. Lexington, Ky.: Council of State Governments (1993).
Thompson, W.C. & Ford, S. DNA testing: Debate update. Trial, 28, 52-61 (April 1992).
Thompson, W.C. & Ford, S. The meaning of a match: Sources of ambiguity in the interpretation of DNA prints. In J. Farley & J. Harrington (Eds.) Forensic DNA Technology. New York: CRC Press, Inc., 1991.
Defense Opening Brief on the Admissibility of Forensic DNA Evidence in State of New Mexico v. Jay Anderson, No. CR 46255, Bernalillo County, N.M. (with Dan Cron and Angela Arellanes). Reprinted in BNA Criminal Practice Manual, 1990, 4, 180-185.
Thompson, W.C. & Ford, S. Is DNA fingerprinting ready for the courts? New Scientist, March 31, 1990, vol 125, 38-43. (Cover story)
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