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We've all heard of the Mafia before, many myths and stories have sprung around this Italian institution. Come and join us at the Attic Bar in Stokes Croft to find out what's true and what's nothing but a good story. We'll also get some insight on how crime is fought with modern technologies such as DNA, convicting maybe even mafia bosses?Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility.
Not the mafia you know: Italy’s most mysterious crime syndicate
Ever since The Godfather, there’s been no avoiding the Italian mafia in popular culture: mafiosi pop up everywhere from computer games to car insurance ads. And yet, many people are surprised to learn that the mafia is still a very serious problem – and that there’s more than one. This talk is all about the ‘ndrangheta, Italy’s richest and most powerful mafia organisation. We’ll look at how it’s developed from stealing goats in the country’s poorest region into a multi-billion dollar criminal corporation – and why, for almost a century, people have been claiming it doesn’t exist.
DNA and the implications for justice and injustice
The use of DNA testing has been shown to be a vital tool of justice to exonerate innocent individuals convicted of rape and murder over two decades. But the misguided belief in the reliability of DNA techniques utilised by police and prosecutors to identify suspects of crime has led to the wrongful conviction of innocent people. Against this background, I will use leading cases to illustrate a need to distinguish between a scientific approach to DNA as opposed to a forensic science approach in the fight to obtain justice for the wrongly convicted and to avoid causing wrongful convictions.