Evidence Found: An Approach to Crime Scene Investigation by David Miranda

By David Miranda

Evidence chanced on: An method of Crime Scene Investigation isn't really one other research of forensic error utilizing an "After the very fact" or "Lessons realized" technique yet a "Before the actual fact" consultant that examines the concept strategies which may result in these blunders. Plus a couple of extras counsel and methods from the author’s adventure of over 25 years.

Many high-profile crime scene investigations (and regimen ones, for that topic) have suffered error that experience had unfavourable effect at the research outcome and within the court. as a rule, we study what occurred and advance an invaluable checklist of what to do and what to not do, solving the indicators yet almost certainly leaving ourselves open to an analogous blunders variety at the subsequent scene. the explanation? Many crime scene blunders are the results of systemic concerns which are repeated because of a failure to incorporate an review of the decision-making strategy, together with our personal foundations of information. via case examine and logical argument, this e-book makes an attempt to supply a framework to acknowledge, assessment, and change detrimental decision-making styles, together with comparing our personal event, sooner than they negatively impression an research or the general operation of a forensic unit.

  • Enhances the bottom recommendations of proof seek and sequential processing for errors avoidance
  • Examines the systemic areas/practices of a criminal offense scene research the place mistakes can occur
  • Includes a facts Matrix - a criminal offense scene overview instrument that aids in sequential processing decisions
  • Contains tips about overcoming universal crime scene concerns, inlcuding evening searches
  • Provides court Testimony - speaking comparability findings to a jury

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In the same area, on the ground, is a hardened piece of gum squished flat, as well as a comb with a thick layer of caked dust or mud on it. 48 Evidence Found CRIME SCENE LAYOUT ANALYSIS So, in the crime scene layout, which evidence is which category? Given the definitions already listed, the deceased victim and his gunshot wounds, the revolver, the bullet strike, and expended cartridges are all probative because they are the clearest evidence that a probable crime has occurred that resulted in death.

For purposes of this discussion, I classify and define evidence categories as follows: probative, investigative, and other. The proper evaluation of evidence helps us to determine its degree of importance. Any item of evidence is technically of value, but I submit that it is not inappropriate to assign a degree of importance to a given item that determines how critical it is to a case, based upon the known facts of the case and any subsequent facts that come to light during the active investigation.

This is beginning to look like a “hope for the best” approach. A counterargument may be that we do not want to miss anything, I contend that if we take the time, at the scene, to evaluate the evidence with appropriate criteria, we will actually save time over the course of the investigation, recover all relevant evidence by exhibiting a quality investigation, and demonstrate superior professionalism. We can look the defense and the jury straight in the eyes and list out the rational and logical reasons why we did not collect something or disregard something.

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