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NCJ Number: 155913 Find in a Library
Title: Physical Evidence
Editor(s): H C Lee
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 282
Type: Survey
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book covers many new developments in the field of forensic science and is designed to serve as a primer and guide for law enforcement officers, lawyers, and forensic scientists.
Abstract: The first section of the book deals with the current status of forensic sciences, overviews the uses of physical evidence in criminal investigations, and discusses stages in the analysis of physical evidence. The chapters in the second section cover various categories of physical evidence in terms of the nature of that evidence, an approach for collecting and preserving the evidence, and the modern methods used to examine the evidence. The types of evidence covered include, inter alia, arson and fire evidence, blood and body fluid analysis, bombs and explosives, chemical substances, DNA analysis, document analysis, drugs and controlled substances, firearms, fibers, paints, reconstruction, toolmarks, video evidence, and voice identification. The final chapter deals with legal aspects of forensic science, emphasizing the proper seizure of evidence for effective utilization in court. 58 figures, 2 appendixes, and 63 references
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Blood/body fluid analysis; Crime Scene Investigation; Criminology; Document analysis; Drug analysis; Evidence collection; Evidence preservation; Explosives tagging; Firearms identification; Forensic sciences; Hair and fiber analysis; Paint analysis; Toolmark identification; Voice identification
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