This symposium has renewed discussion of the apparent paradox of at- tempting to apply mathematical probabilities to the logic of trials. Brought to academic attention by the stimulating work of L. Jonathan Cohen,' the debate reflects a more general controversy over the virtues of quantifying legal decisionmaking. In this brief comment I do not intend to take sides either in this debate or in the more general controversy. I want only to draw attention to a weakness in the legal interpretations which underlie much of the debate.


Mathematical Probablilities

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Boston University Law Review

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66 Boston University Law Review 947 (1986)

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