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Physical Evidence in Forensic Science [Hardcover]

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This new edition of the classic by America's leading forensic scientists gives you an insider's understanding of physical evidence at the crime scene.

Written in an easy-to-understand format, this outstanding guide, by the nation's foremost forensic scientists, introduces you to the basics of crime scene evaluation. They teach you excellent ways to make your investigation solid and successful. This extensive resource is packed with valuable information about the details of collecting, storing, and analyzing all types of physical evidence. You'll learn how to connect the victim(s) and suspect(s) to the crime scene, and to the physical evidence left behind. They also instruct you on how to use this information to provide convincing testimony based on scientific facts.

The book is divided into three parts plus appendices for easy access to the information you need. Part I offers an overview of forensic science and discusses the future path of forensic science and its applications in the courtroom and society. Part II gives you an exhaustive list of physical evidence typically left behind at crime scenes and explains the correct methods for processing this evidence. Part III discusses current issues in search and seizure, and how to effectively utilize it in court. The appendices discuss common blood screening test reagents and how to use the druggist's fold for sealing evidence in paper.

This in-depth reference provides you with a wealth of details regarding many different topics including light, smoke, bullet identification, transient and pattern evidence, postmortem lividity marks and other special imprints and indentations, odors, wet versus dry blood samples, crime scene reconstruction techniques, and recognition and coordination of all elements of the crime scene during and after investigation.

This new edition of a classic is a must have for all crime scene investigators, law enforcement agencies, trial lawyers, and others involved in the investigative process.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to forensic science
  • Arson
  • Bite marks
  • Blood and body fluids
  • Bombs and explosives
  • Computers and electronic data as evidence
  • Chemical substances
  • Crime scene reconstruction
  • DNA analyses
  • Documents
  • Drugs and controlled substances
  • Firearms
  • Fibers
  • Fingerprints
  • Glass
  • Gunshot residue
  • Hair
  • Imprint and impression evidence
  • Fingerprints
  • Paints
  • Pattern evidence
  • Plastics
  • Sexual assault and sex crime evidence
  • Soil
  • Tape
  • Toolmarks
  • Video evidence
  • Voice identification
  • Legal aspects of forensic science
  • Some screening test reagents
  • The druggist's fold

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Item Specifications...

Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 30, 2000
Publisher   Lawyers and Judges Publishing
ISBN  1930056001  
ISBN13  9781930056008  

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More About Henry C. Lee

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Henry C. Lee (Branford, CT), Professor of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven and Chief Emeritus in the Department of Public Safety in Meriden, CT, has been a consultant for over 300 police and law enforcement agencies and an expert witness in many high profile cases for both the prosecution and the defense. A distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, he is the author or coauthor of more than 20 books, including Cracking Cases. Dr. Lee has been a frequent guest on Larry King Live as well as numerous other national television programs.

Henry C. Lee was born in 1934.

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Very helpful for the beginner  Apr 5, 2001
This book covers a broad array of topics by physical evidence type, listed alphabetically. It is very easy to use and a good starting reference for determining how a particular type of evidence should be (or should have been) handled. A good reference for any attorney or investigator.
Quick Reference  Feb 12, 2001
This book is useful as a quick reference for attorneys and others with little to no forensic science backgrounds. It is not an in-depth text. It offers only the briefest of explanations and descriptions. Most information is presented in outline or listing forms only.

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