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NCJ Number: 93548 Find in a Library
Title: Search for Evidence
Author(s): A Buckwalter
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 288
Sponsoring Agency: Butterworth-Heinemann
Woburn, MA 01801-2041
Sale Source: Butterworth-Heinemann
225 Wildwood Ave
Woburn, MA 01801-2041
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Twenty chapters discuss fundamentals of evidence, verbal evidence, written evidence, physical evidence, and photographing and recording evidence.
Abstract: Fundamentals of evidence are explored from the perspectives of evidence classification, rules of evidence, and investigation. Witnesses' qualifications, competence, and credibility; the importance of witnesses; and investigators' court testimony are discussed in the section on verbal evidence. Chapters on written evidence look at evidential, questioned, and forged documents; obtaining specimen writings for standards of comparison; and documentary evidence and examination. Physical evidence is examined in chapters discussing kinds of physical evidence; impression evidence; transfer and trace evidence; evidence of violence; and collecting, preserving, and presenting physical evidence. A final section considers photography and recording evidence, specifically investigative photography, accident scene photography, arson photography, and presenting photographic evidence in court. Chapter notes, an index, and about 45 references are supplied.
Index Term(s): Arson; Burden of proof; Document analysis; Evidence; Evidence collection; Evidence preservation; Photography; Rules of evidence; Testimony; Trace evidence
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