Scientific Evidence

A comprehensive resource for learning about the latest forensic techniques and scientific concepts used in collecting and evaluating evidence.
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Cited by the National Academy of Sciences in its 2009 report on the nation's forensic science system as the resource for learning about the latest forensic techniques and scientific concepts used in collecting and evaluating evidence, and by the U.S. Supreme Court in its leading decisions, Daubert v. Merrell Dow and Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, Scientific Evidence is authored by five of the nation's foremost authorities on the subject. Organized logically and written in clear terms for the active litigator, Scientific Evidence first covers rules and precedents relating to admissibility, constitutional limitations, discovery, expert testimony, laboratory reports, and chain of custody. It then analyzes the most frequently encountered scientific evidence and the latest developments in scientific evidence, the use of probabilistic genotyping software to analyze complex DNA samples, neuroscience, facial recognition, drugged driving testing, blockchain, and the use of liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry in drug testing.

Now more than ever, it's imperative that defense counsel, prosecutors, civil litigators, and judges keep abreast of scientific techniques to demonstrate or disprove a connection between forensic evidence and an individual. This three-volume resource provides:
- Comprehensive overview of cutting-edge scientific techniques;
- Clearly written technical chapters reviewed by leading experts;
- Extensive citations to statutory authority and the latest case law;
- The grounding in fact attorneys need to work with expert witnesses;
- Annual supplementation to incorporate the latest scientific and legal developments.

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Table of contents

VOLUME 1


Group One: Pretrial and Trial Evidence; Constitutional Concerns


CHAPTER 1 - EXPERT TESTIMONY

CHAPTER 2 - STATISTICAL EVIDENCE

CHAPTER 3 - SECURING EXPERT ASSISTANCE

CHAPTER 4 - DISCOVERY, LABORATORY REPORTS, AND CHAIN OF CUSTODY

CHAPTER 5 - CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES RELATED TO SCIENTIFIC AND EXPERT EVIDENCE

CHAPTER 6 - LABORATORY REPORTS, CONFRONTATION, AUTHENTICATION, AND CHAIN OF CUSTODY


Group Two: Behavioral and Social Science Evidence

CHAPTER 7 - SOCIAL SCIENCE EVIDENCE

CHAPTER 8 - EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION

CHAPTER 9 - POLYGRAPH AND DECEPTION TESTS

CHAPTER 10 - [RESERVED]

CHAPTER 11 - [RESERVED]


Group Three: Feature Comparison Matching

CHAPTER 12 - FINGERPRINTS



VOLUME 2

CHAPTER 13 - FIREARMS, TOOLMARK AND RELATED EXAMINATIONS

CHAPTER 14 - QUESTIONED DOCUMENT EXAMINATION

CHAPTER 15 - VOICE IDENTIFICATION AND FACIAL RECOGNITION

CHAPTER 16 - [RESERVED]


Group Four: Genetic Markers and Pathology

CHAPTER 17 - GENETIC MARKERS OTHER THAN DNA

CHAPTER 18 - THE DNA GENETIC MARKER

CHAPTER 19 - PATHOLOGY

CHAPTER 20 - [RESERVED]


Group Five: Testing For Substances and Trace Analysis

CHAPTER 21 - TOXICOLOGY

CHAPTER 22 - INTOXICATION TESTING

CHAPTER 23 - DRUG IDENTIFICATION



VOLUME 3

CHAPTER 23A - Code of Professional Practice for Drug Analysts

CHAPTER 24 - TRACE EVIDENCE

CHAPTER 24A - Forensic Glass Examination

CHAPTER 25 - INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS

CHAPTER 26 - DIGITAL EVIDENCE

CHAPTER 27 - [RESERVED]


Group Six: Forensic Evidence at the Scene

CHAPTER 28 - ARSON

CHAPTER 29 - EVENT RECONSTRUCTION

CHAPTER 30 - [RESERVED]