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  NCJ Number: NCJ 219870     Find in a Library
  Title: DNA: A Prosecutor's Practice Notebook
  Document URL: HTML 
  Corporate Author: National District Attorneys Assoc
United States of America
  Date Published: 2008
  Page Count: 0
  Annotation: This CD-ROM training program, which is designed to assist State and local prosecutors in preparing DNA-related cases, contains lessons on investigating cases involving DNA, preparing cases involving DNA, presenting cases involving DNA, special case circumstances, and DNA lab report analysis.
  Abstract: The lesson on investigating cases involving DNA addresses issues and procedures in evidence locations, evidence submissions, and laboratory reports. The lesson on preparing cases involving DNA focuses on issues and procedures related to discovery, pretrial motions, admissibility of evidence, and pretrial consultation with a DNA analyst. The third lesson, which pertains to presenting cases in court that involve DNA evidence, provides instruction in conducting strategic voir dire at the stage of jury selection, what to include in opening statements, conducting direct examinations of witnesses, redirect and rebuttal questioning of witnesses, cross-examination, and closing arguments. The fourth lesson, which features instruction in special case circumstances, addresses issues and procedures related to methods for preserving jurisdiction, “cold hits” and “cold” cases with DNA evidence, and other uses of DNA evidence. The final lesson, which is entitled “Lab Report Analysis,” instructs users in the content of a typical DNA lab report. It includes the presentation of a lab report entitled, “Crime Laboratory Report for the Commonwealth of Jefferson.” Users are asked to read the lab report and then answer a series of questions about it. The course concludes with questions about the content of all five lessons. Minimum software requirements for using the CD-ROM are Internet Explorer 6.0, Netscape 7.0, Firefox 2.0, and Adobe Acrobat 5.0 or greater.
  Main Term(s): Court procedures
  Index Term(s): Crime Laboratories (Crime Labs) ; Evidence collection ; Prosecutors ; Rules of evidence ; Cross-examination ; Voir dire ; Prosecutor training ; Computer aided instruction ; Closing arguments ; Direct examination ; Opening statements ; DNA fingerprinting ; NIJ grant-related documents
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2004-DN-BX-K017
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Instructional Material
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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