Scientific Evidence

A comprehensive resource for learning about the latest forensic techniques and scientific concepts used in collecting and evaluating evidence.
Publisher: Matthew Bender

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Cited by the National Academy of Sciences in its February 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 Daubert v. Merrell Dow and, most recently, Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, Scientific Evidence is authored by two 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, such as hypnotically-refreshed testimony, DNA technologies such as RFLP and PCR, computerized accident reconstruction, securing expert assistance, questioned document examination, and bite mark comparison.

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 two-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

Chapter 1 – Scientific Evidence
Chapter 2 - Constitutional Limitations On Obtaining Evidence For Scientific Analysis
Chapter 3 – Discovery
Chapter 4 – Securing Expert Assistance
Chapter 5 – Expert Testimony
Chapter 6 – Laboratory Reports
Chapter 7 – Chain of Custody
Chapter 8 – Polygraph and Deception Tests
Chapter 9 – Psychological and Social Science Evidence
Chapter 10 – Voice Identification
Chapter 11 – Neutron Activation Analysis
Chapter 12 – Hypnosis
Chapter 13 – Bite Mark and Dental Identification
Chapter 14 - Firearms, Toolmark and Related Examinations
Chapter 15 – Statistical Evidence
Chapter 16 – Fingerprints
Chapter 17 – Genetic Markers Other Than DNA

Volume 2

Chapter 18 – The DNA Genetic Marker
Chapter 18A – Standards on DNA Evidence
Chapter 19 – Pathology
Chapter 20 – Toxicology
Chapter 21 – Question Document Examination
Chapter 22 – Alcohol Testing
Chapter 23 – Drug Identification
Chapter 23A – Code of Professional Practice for Drug Analysts
Chapter 24 – Trace Evidence
Chapter 24A – Forensic Glass Examination
Chapter 25 – Instrumental Analysis
Chapter 26 – Arson
Chapter 27 – Accident Reconstruction
Chapter 28 – The Measurement of Speed
Chapter 29 – Explosives
Table of Cases