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Inquest into death

At the inquest into Princess Diana's death, Lord Justice Scott Baker asked the members of the jury to forget any previous views about Diana, the Royal Family, or Mohamed al Fayed. He said: “You test the case on the evidence you hear. Nothing else matters.”

That's a profoundly important statement for justice and how we understand the world.

Is there a connection between scientists testing physical evidence by trial and experiment, a process that began in Britain as early as the 13th century, and the development around the same time of a common law process that tested for evidence at trials of justice?

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