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1. Evidence, Cases and Materials:
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2. Evidence (University Casebook
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3. Evidence: Examples and Explanations
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4. Quantitative-Qualitative Friction
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6. First Unit Responder: A Guide
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7. Scientific Evidence in Civil and
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13. An Introduction to the Law of
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14. An Introduction to Forensic DNA
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17. Interpretation of Bloodstain Evidence
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20. Preparing and Presenting Expert

1. Evidence, Cases and Materials: Cases and Materials (University Casebook Series)
by Jon R. Waltz, Waltz, Roger C. Park, Roger Park
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Asin: 1587785390
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Foundation Press
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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This law school casebook contains questions and hypotheticals on the complex law of evidence. It includes an essay to familiarize students with common courtroom objections, and reviews the Supreme Court's latest Confrontation Clause case, Lilly v. Virginia, (1999). The work contains an expanded section on scientific evidence, polygraph cases, expert testimony, and field sobriety tests. Other materials include discussion of prior convictions under Rules 413, 414, and 415, business duty rule, judicial findings as public records, impeachment of a hearsay declarant with specific acts evidence, and the application of Rule 703 to hearsay evidence of street value of drugs. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to understand
Almost no notes or comments on compiled materials in the book. It is difficult to find keys to understand materials from this book without assistance from teachers or study guides. The materials themselves are instructive and interesting. The book becomes voluminous due to the appended rules and their notes. If one has a separate rule book, he/she has to spend more for the unnecessary appendix attached to this book. ... Read more


2. Evidence (University Casebook Series)
by George Fisher
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
Publisher: Foundation Press
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Law school casebook for the presentation of evidence law. Covers materials in detail, including relevance, reliability, and privileges. Materials are designed to challenge the student intellectually, and will be found to be fun as well. ... Read more


3. Evidence: Examples and Explanations (Examples & Explanations Series)
by Arthur Best
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
A must for anyone studying for a Bar exam or law school Evidence or Trial Advocacy course. This concise explanation of evidence rules succeeds where most law professors fail in making the abstract federal rules accessible and memorizable. ... Read more


4. Quantitative-Qualitative Friction Ridge Analysis: An Introduction to Basic and Advanced Ridgeology
by David R. Ashbaugh
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Asin: 0849370078
Catlog: Book (1999-10-27)
Publisher: CRC Press
Sales Rank: 394719
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A thumb print left at the scene of a grisly murder. Fingerprints taken from a getaway car used in a bank robbery. A palm print recovered from the shattered glass door of a burglarized home. Indeed, where crimes are committed, careless perpetrators will invariably leave behind the critical pieces of evidence-most likely in the form of fingerprints-needed to catch and convict them. But the science of fingerprint identification isn't always as cut and dry as detective novels and movies make it out to be.Quantitative-Qualitative Friction Ridge Analysis, a new book in the ongoing Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations series, examines the latest methods and techniques in the science of friction ridge identification, or ridgeology. David R. Ashbaugh examines every facet of the discipline, from the history of friction ridge identification and its earliest pioneers and researchers, to the scientific basis and the various steps of the identification process.The structure and growth of friction skin and how it can leave latent or visible prints are examined, as well as advanced identification methods in ridgeology, including Poroscopy, Edgeoscopy, Pressure Distortion andComplex or Problem Print Analysis. The book, which features several detailed illustrations and photographs, also includes a new method for Palmar Flexion Crease Identification (palm lines) designed by the author and which has helped solve several criminal cases where fingerprints were not available. For crime scene technicians, forensic identification specialists, or anyone else pursuing a career in forensic science,this book is arguably the definitive source in the science of friction ridge identification. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I don't feel the need to reiterate the praises that have been given this book as to its usefulness for latent print examiners.

I can say, however, that this book is great for students of forensic science (like myself) or the average reader as well. Unlike popular accounts of forensic science, it is not thrilling or adventurous. Those types of books will tell you that a person can leave a fingerprint at a scene, an investigator can find it, and then match it up in a database. Slim on the details, high on the "excitement" scale. And unlike the average MFS class, it is not dry, boring, and intended to give you only enough knowledge to do some damage.

So, for those of us interested in how forensic science -actually- works, and in depth, this book is a great textbook covering all aspects of fingerprint analysis. It includes a particularly good chapter detailing nothing but the ways that fingerprints are formed in vitro - their creation, topology, and cross-section. It includes detail on the many ways that a print can be deposited, as well as the different substrates and surfaces they can be deposited on, and the types of distortion that each of these can cause. This book is not light reading, but if you are truly interested in learning more about how fingerprints work, and how analysts can identify them, then you should have no trouble enjoying this book.

If I were to point out only one flaw, it would be that Ashbaugh's agenda is too much in the fore. I would rather read about how fingerprints are analyzed than hear propaganda backing up the field as a legitimate science. His analysis in and of itself is adequate to illustrate the scientific principles underlying latent print analysis. It would have been more interesting for him to mention some of the reasons people believe that it is -not- a legitimate science, and refute those through simply through the precision of his text.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ridgeology will change your life!
If you are a latent print examiner, this book is an absolute must have. Friction ridge skin is unique and persistent. Ridgeolgy will give you a better understanding of friction ridge skin. The book also will also help you explain what you see when you make an identification. If you live in the world of point counters, this book will shock and amaze you. David Ashbaugh is a true visionary in the forensic identification world. This book should be in every crime scene investigator's library.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read for all latent print examiners
This is an excellant book for all latent print examiners. The book goes into great detail that may not be understood by the average reader not familiar with the science. The book covers the philosophy, methodology, premises, and history of fingerprint identification. This should be the reference book used by all examiners. ... Read more


5. Evidence Under the Rules: Text, Cases, and Problems (Casebook Series)
by Christopher B. Mueller, Laird C. Kirkpatrick
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-30)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars really 2 1/2 stars...not the best text I have come across
Out of all the texts I have read and used in my first two years of law school, this is one I would rank on the lower end.

First of all, I recognize the fact that it is a difficult job trying to put together a comprehensive study of evidence. It contains some of the law's more difficult areas including hearsay and character evidence, both of which could be (and are) multi-volume studies unto themselves. That being said, I encountered more than a few problems with this book having nothing to do with the topic.

The case selections are standard, most were on point as far as I can recall. The real problems came in the case notes and explanatory sections. I found myself having to refer to my hornbook again and again in an effort to find some lucid passages on the topic. Instead of explaining in plain terms how the evidentiary rule works, they rely on the cases. Where there are such explanatory sections, they are often far too short for such complicated topics. However, the book's most glaring fault comes from its treatment of the post-case note sections. For most, these passages are extremely important since they show how the law has evolved in the wake of the preceding case. They also frequently offer guides to help the reader interpret the law as applied and give hints as to which points in the opinion have been the most influential. This book offers little in the way of such help, opting instead to ask open-ended questions. These questions quickly become aggravating and are almost totally useless as a learning tool. I realize that the law is not black and white, but there is such thing as a majority rule or prevailing law. I want to read something that I can hang my hat on; I don't want to read "How ought such a case be resolved?" Such questions are neither thought provoking nor helpful.

I also am not a fan of the entire Mueller/Kirkpatrick series. The books are smaller than most, which I like since law books tend to be a pain to carry around. However, smaller dimensions also mean smaller margins, which are difficult to take notes in. This annoyance outweighed the benefits of its size.

Overall, I think there are better evidence books out there. My professor apparently agreed since she announced at the end of the semester that she will be switching to a different text. ... Read more


6. First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers
by Mark R. Hawthorne
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Asin: 0849300231
Catlog: Book (1998-11-12)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Physical evidence cannot be wrong; it cannot perjure itself; it cannot be wholly absent. Only its interpretation can err. Only human failure to find it, study and understand it, can diminish its value."-Presiding Judge, Harris v U.S., 331 U.S. 145 (1947) HOW TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE CRIME SCENE WHILE CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION First Unit Responder: A Guide to Physical Evidence Collection for Patrol Officers is a training guide and reference for patrol officers and criminal investigators, who conduct preliminary investigations of crime scenes, to aid in identification, collection, and booking of physical evidence. Written by a veteran of 24 years of law enforcement, the book stresses the importance of understanding the critical nature of physical evidence and preservation of the crime scene as part of the case against a criminal defendant. This book is an important tool for police academies that train recruits and veteran patrol officers, as well as for students of criminal justice who seek guidelines for proper collection and handling of physical evidence. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars "Excellent start for novice or those interested in CSI"
Mark R. Hawthorne's "First Unit Responder," CRC Press 1999, ISBN 0-9493-002-1, is a 6 chapter 98-page guide book for uniformed officers working in the field who frequently are the first to arrive for a potential crime scene investigation(CSI).
Hawthorne gives us an easy-to-read introduction to basic CSI response that includes definition of various physical evidence characteristics (individual versus class), implementation of CSI response protocol (ARISN), identification & documentation of evidence, evidence collection (do's & don'ts), fingerprint/glove appreciation, case review with ADA and testimony tips for the non-specialist officer & a 12-page illustrated appendix showing evidentiary items. Each chapter didactic is followed with a (dozen or so) basic question & answer section with explanations.
The author's impressive credentials in both field and teaching experiences helped condense important basic CSI issues into a short and easily-read synopsis that includes 20 good bibliographic entries and a thorough 6-page index. A few trivial grammatical flaws are readily discharged, but difficult to justify given computers with spell-checkers, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rookies or veterans, Cops to firefighters to EMT's
As a law enforcement instructor at a police training facility, I found this book to be fantastic for the new recruits we train. As a retired police officer/Crime Scene Analyst, I also realized it would be great for some veteren officers and non-law enforcement personnel to review. Mark Hawthorne has kept the technical information on an easily understandable level. He has covered, in 90 pages, what would take hours of personal instruction. I found the test questions and answers extremely helpful in preparing reviews. This book can be picked up by the patrol officer, and if READ, could furnish much of the information to properly document most any crime scene. I would recommend this book to any basic law enforcement instructor or new police officer. ... Read more


7. Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases (University Casebook Series)
by Andre A. Moenssens, James E. Starrs, Carol E. Henderson
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Asin: 1566622336
Catlog: Book (1995-01-01)
Publisher: West Publishing Company
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases provides those participating in trials with a concise understanding of the scope of commonly encountered types of expert testimony and the nature of results which my be expected from specialists. It explores both the potentialities and limitations of expert proof. It discusses the qualifications needed for expert witnesses from various disciplines and explains the status of the law concerning the types of evidence encountered in a trial. One volume. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars awful and outdated
I picked up this book and was shocked by the writing and research. Admittedly, this is a book based on science from ten years ago but some chapters are so bad I don't think the information was correct even then. Some chapters may be good, (fingerprints,questioned documents) but do not attempt any subject based on a real science- drug chemistry, DNA analysis, etc. As far as I can tell, these chapters were written by attorneys with no science training. They do not explain concepts very clearly I suspect because they do not really understand them. Save your money. With the current state of CSI madness there has got to be better "forensic science for attorneys/nonscientists" writing being published.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect reference book
This book is a necessity for any criminal defense lawyer. This contains the information police use in their training and procedure, as well as what to expect from an expert witness. Outstanding references after each chapter on where to find additional information as well as your own experts. Not as many illustrations as previous editions, but much more up to date material such as DNA testing and the background information so any lay person can understand what the experts are doing. ... Read more


8. McCormick on Evidence (Hornbook Series; Student Edition)
by George E. Dix, Kenneth S. Brown, Edward J. Imwinkelried, Robert P. Mosteller, E. F. Roberts, John W. Strong, Kenneth S. Broun, D.H. Kaye
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Asin: 0314232389
Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: West Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 265077
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This single-volume treatise is largely free of citations to authority, but retains the most notable footnotes. Topics covered include preparing and presenting evidence, cross-examination, and the procedure for admitting and excluding evidence. Discusses privilege against self-incrimination, privilege concerning improperly obtained evidence, scientific evidence, and demonstrative evidence. Reviews authentication, the hearsay rule, burdens of proof, and presumptions. Text also identifies current issues. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The best book on evidence
My professor suggested this book and deemed it the "Bible on Evidence". I bought it and it is. A great book that will clear up many of your questions. If you don't understand what your law professor is saying, this book will make it clearer. ... Read more


9. Modern Approach to Evidence (American Casebook Series)
by Stephen A. Saltzburg, Richard O. Lempert
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: West Publishing Company
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Includes a path-breaking reorganization of the treatment of the rules that govern evidence of character and credibility. Focuses on social scientific information that bears on the design and operation of rules of evidence. Improved format includes an array of problems that explore the nooks and crannies of the rules of evidence, but most of these problems are now grouped at the end of chapters, or at a few natural break points in the longer chapters. A smaller group of comparatively simple problems are interspersed throughout the text where they illustrate and test the students' understanding of the rules that have just been discussed. ... Read more


10. Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination, Second Edition
by William J. Bodziak
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Catlog: Book (1999-09-17)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Reviewed and recognized as the most authoritative sourcein the field, this book describes the methods used worldwide to recover and identify footwear impressions from the scene of a crime.In this new edition,everything, including the original twelve chapters,bibliography, appendix, etc., has been clarified, updated and expanded. This edition includes updated and new information on recovery procedures and materials such as lifting, photography and casting; chemical enhancement; updated information about footwear manufacturing; footwear sizing; and known impression techniques and materials. WHAT'S NEW IN THE SECOND EDITION: Besides updating and expanding the twelve original chapters, Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination, Second Edition adds three new chapters: one chapter on barefoot evidence, which concerns impressions made by the naked or sock-clad foot or those which remain in abandoned or discarded footwear; another new chapter on several cases in which the footwear impression evidence was of primary importance in bringing about a conviction or confession; and finally, a new chapter on the footwear impression evidence in the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil cases. ... Read more


11. Federal Rules of Evidence, 2004-2005: Statutory and Case Supplement
by George Fisher
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Catlog: Book (2004-08)
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12. Laws of Evidence (The West Legal Studies Series)
by Thomas Buckles
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Catlog: Book (2002-11-13)
Publisher: Delmar Thomson Learning
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This book offers a general, yet substantive view of evidence law. Its chapters combine content with relevant cases, allowing readers to learn and analyze the legal reasoning and court decision-making process behind the laws. Written in a reader-friendly format, the chapters feature elements that enhance instruction and help readers develop essential skills. Exhibits and illustrations provide a visual connection to the material. Legal Research Using the Internet applications and Internet Icons alert readers to Web references and promote the use of web-based legal resources to strengthen technology skills. The appendix presents additional information on the court system and its procedures, giving an expanded overview of evidence law and its use in the legal process. ... Read more


13. An Introduction to the Law of Evidence (Hornbooks (Hardcover))
by Graham C. Lilly
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Catlog: Book (1996-08-01)
Publisher: West Publishing Company, College & School Div
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Demonstrates the interplay and interdependence of the Federal Rules of Evidence to reveal more of their character as an integrated code of evidence. There are, for serious students and practitioners, frequent citations to authorities. The entire text has been carefully reviewed, resulting in both substantive and editorial revisions. Subjects that are brought up-to-date include admission of scientific and probabilistic evidence, rape shield and related statutes, hearsay, and constitutional evidence doctrine. Use as a supplement to an evidence course, as a principal course book, or as a basic text assigned prior to the study of advanced evidence of trial advocacy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Graham Lilly
I recently took evidence with one of the worst teachers in the history of the legal profession. Thank god Lilly's book is clear, thorough, and resourceful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Book From A Students Perspective.
I found this book very useful both during law school and at my summer clerkships. While most states, or at least a good portion, have adopted something similar to the Federal rules on evidence, this book provides help understanding that tradition as well as the common law. This book does a really good job of providing a summation of either without proving too difficult to learn from or to sit with for extended periods of time. The only concern I would raise is if your state or the one you practice in goes clearly one way it may be better to buy the specific hornbook for your state. But for me, I'm not sure where I am going to end up for the bar so reading both sides has helped me tremendously. ... Read more


14. An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, Second Edition
by Norah Rudin, Keith Inman
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Catlog: Book (2001-12-21)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Significant advances in DNA analysis techniques have surfaced since the 1997 publication of the bestselling An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis. DNA typing has become increasingly automated and miniaturized. Also, with the advent of Short Tandem Repeat (STR) technology, even the most minute sample of degraded DNA can yield a profile, providing valuable case information. However, just as the judicial system slowly and reluctantly accepted RFLP and AmpliType® PM+DQA1 typing, it is now scrutinizing the admissibility of STRs.Acknowledging STR typing as the current system of choice, An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, Second Edition translates new and established concepts into plain English so that laypeople can gain insight into how DNA analysis works, from sample collection to interpretation of results. In response to the shift toward more efficient techniques, the authors cover the legal admissibility of STR typing, expand the chapter on DNA databases, and revise the section on automated analysis. They also present key decisions and appellate or supreme court rulings that provide precedent at the state and federal levels.Discussing forensic DNA issues from both a scientific and a legal perspective, the authors of An Introduction to Forensic DNA Analysis, Second Edition present the material in a manner understandable by professionals in the legal system, law enforcement, and forensic science. They cover general principles in a clear fashion and include a glossary of terms and other useful appendices for easy reference. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great intro for the beginner
Having left behind my interest in genetics in order to pursue tax accountancy, I've always been fascinated by accounts of DNA typing. This book provides a wonderful introduction that is accessible to even the novice geneticist like myself. Much of the information Rudin and Inman give is quite practical; with some help from a friend who works in a medical lab I was able to set up my own electrophoresis gels and PCR. A word of caution to the amateur, however: make sure you practice before drawing any conclusions from the "evidence." My wife, Amy, wouldn't speak to me for a week after I claimed that a stain on our bed linen did not match my DNA. It turned out that she had spilled some ice cream.

3-0 out of 5 stars vivid introduction to forensic genotyping techniques
Nice figures, photos, schemes, and U.S. tables; lively comparisons show that authors are good teachers. Though technical part of the book outdates fast necessarily (acronym SNP has not been coined in 1996 yet), it is a shame that an interpretation part of the book neglects the current knowledge. Bayes theorem is known since 1763 and, nevertheless, likelihood ratio is not even mentined in the book! Books of Evett and Weir or of Robertson and Vignaux cannot be substituted by this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any DNA criminalist or criminal lawyer
I have a BS in genetics and biochemistry and am looking to enter into a forensics lab. This book is an EXCELLENT resource for an entry-level criminalist, criminal lawyer, or the non-scientist interested in this topic. It was organized from basic genetics to higher-level interpretation issues and included tons of diagrams, pictures, and relevant case studies. This book did an outstanding job explaining complicated and detailed subject matter in an easy to understand and interesting matter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Attorney's Guide
As a practicing lawyer who earns a living in the criminal courts, I found this book an excellent and informative guide to this often problematic area. The authors introduce the subject in a way that is easy for the beginner to comprehend, but at the same time include sufficient detail to answer many of the most pressing problems facing a defence team in court.

5-0 out of 5 stars This showed an apt knowledge of DNA and it's life applicatio
This was an informative and comprehensive rewiew of typically boring material. I felt a new understanding of the topic of DNA. ... Read more


15. Criminal Evidence for the Law Enforcement Officer
by Norman M. Garland, Gilbert B. Stuckey
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Asin: 0028009665
Catlog: Book (1999-01-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Glencoe
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This practical text, appropriate for students in career-oriented law enforcement programs, has been thoroughly updated and carefully revised for improved clarity and comprehension. Relevant court decisions are discussed to the extent necessary to illustrate the rules explained. The text is supported by a unique interactive Study Guide with Applications and Landmark Cases CD-ROM containing objective questions and interesting scenarios and games, case briefs, opinions, and related documents for more than 50 landmark cases. ... Read more


16. Evidence in a Nutshell (Nutshell Series)
by Paul F. Rothstein, Myrna S. Raeder, David Crump, Myrna Raeder
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Federal rules of evidence are the anchor of this single-volume Nutshell. The text summarizes significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions, additional leading cases, and principal schools of evidentiary thought. Expert coverage includes practical implementation of the rules at trial or their connection to pre-trial or post-trial proceedings. Areas of interdisciplinary cross-pollination are noted as well. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Evidence by Rothstein
The first principle of evidence involves relevancy. Evidence is
relevant if a reasonable fact-finder could feel that it renders
some fact more probable or less probable in any degree than it
appeared before the introduction of the evidence. Relevancy does not require that the fact be made to appear highly probable.
We are not testing sufficiency of the total proof of a case.
Instead, the basic rule seeks to establish an entry threshold
upon which a building block may be constructed. In some cases,
the judge and jury may have to resort to matters not in the record to determine whether or not a piece of evidence renders
a proposition more probable than before. As a basic principle,
relevancy subsumes materiality. The remainder of the book explains presumptions under the law, heresay, impeachment of
witnesses, exemptions and a whole host of complicating factors
relevant in a trial setting.

The book is written for a legal constituency. It assumes some
legal background or knowledge of basic definitions. The constituency of this book consists of legal scholars, lawyers,
law students and a wide constituency in business and academe.
It is well worth the price for serious students of the law.

2-0 out of 5 stars Needlessly Confusing
I used this text in a class taught by the author. I found the text to be needlessly confusing when compared to similar products. The book jumps from concept to concept without providing a firm basis on which to base off of. The only thing that saved me in class was relying instead on Best's Examples and Explanations of Evidence. Evidence can be taught in a clear and concise manner. ... Read more


17. Interpretation of Bloodstain Evidence at Crime Scenes, Second Edition
by Stuart H. James, Forida Eckert, William G. Eckert, William G. Interpretation of Bloodstain Evidence at Crime Sce Eckert
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Asin: 0849381266
Catlog: Book (1998-07-14)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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As witnessed in landmark criminal cases, the quality and integrity of bloodstain evidence can be a crucial factor in determining a verdict. Since the first edition of Interpretation of Bloodstain Evidence at Crime Scenes was published nearly a decade ago, bloodstain pattern interpretation has continued to grow as a branch of forensic science. Revised and updated to reflect new technology and developments in the field, the second edition is packed with new information and illustrations-including 421 photographs and diagrams of improved quality that will aid in interpretation of evidence.Expanding on a single chapter presented in the bestselling first edition, the second edition details, in four chapters, an introduction to bloodstain interpretation; low-velocity impact and angular considerations; medium and high-velocity impact; and the significance of partially dried, clotted, aged, and physically altered bloodstains in four new chapters. A full chapter on the detection of blood with luminol, featuring high-quality, full-color photographs of luminol reactions, has been added. This new edition also includes 12 new case studies in addition to 8 original case studies from the first edition that have been retained for their interpretative value.Everyone involved in crime scene evaluation and interpretation-law enforcement officers, criminologists, medical examiners, forensic pathologists, medicolegal personnel, and prosecutors and defense attorneys-will benefit from the improved and expanded second edition of this definitive reference. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the finest Bloodstain texts I have read. OUTSTANDING!
This is one of the finest reference books I have had the pleasure to read. It is easy to understand, no far out explanations. I believe this book should be on the shelf of any and all investigators, new or old. The table of contents was very informative. You are taken from the history of this disipline, all the way to case study. Nothing is missed and you can carry the book by yourself!! Credit was properly given to those that were first, there was no attempt to make one believe the editors were the "first" to discover this disipline. Photos often assisted text. I believe this is necessary for those investigators who do not see this as much as others. There was even a glossary !! EXCELLENT WORK ! I look forward to treating my eyes to the next book by James & Eckert

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone interested in Criminal Law and Enforcement
Anyone involved in law enforcement or Crimial Law will cherish this informative, well written text. It takes a very complicated, mind numbing subject and pilots the reader in an organized, comprehensible manner to a well rounded understanding of the subject. This one should be required reading for all law students and Criminal Law practitioners. A Masterpiece!!! ... Read more


18. Evidence: Text, Problems, and Cases (Casebook)
by Ronald J. Allen, Richard B. Kuhns, Eleanor Swift, David S. Schwartz
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Asin: 0735523983
Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
Publisher: Aspen Publishers
Sales Rank: 724366
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19. Evidence: Cases and Materials (Miscellaneous)
by Kenneth S. Broun, Robert P. Mosteller, Paul C. Giannelli, John William Evidence Strong
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Asin: 0314257128
Catlog: Book (2002-04)
Publisher: West Group Publishing
Sales Rank: 669082
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Written to impress upon students that the law of evidence remains far from "federalized." Many states remain without local counterparts to the Federal Rules of Evidence and, even where such counterparts exist, state law frequently varies substantially from the federal pattern. These considerations, together with the fact that vast areas of evidence are outside the purview of the federal rules, warrant continuing attention to state law. ... Read more


20. Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony in Child Abuse Litigation : A Guide for Expert Witnesses and Attorneys (Interpersonal Violence: The Practice Series)
by Paul Stern
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Asin: 0761900136
Catlog: Book (1997-01-16)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Sales Rank: 127186
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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"I found the book extremely interesting and informative. I was particularly impressed with the practical advice given in the text, advice that is not often found in the legal literature. . . . The writing is clear and compelling, and Paul Stern's style is perfect: he entertains as he educates." --Thomas D. Lyon, The Law School, University of Southern California, Los Angeles Called upon to educate courtroom decision makers, the expert witness provides testimony that is critical to achieving intelligent and just verdicts. Few judges and jury members possess the knowledge base needed to adequately understand complexities of human behavior as they relate to acts of interpersonal violence. While the lay witness can testify to actual incidents or observations, it is the "expert witness" who can provide forensic significance to such evidence. With this vital insight, courts can more accurately assess and weigh evidence, leading to more informed and appropriate decisions. Timely and accessible, The Preparation and Presentation of Expert Testimony clearly defines the need for and role of expert witnesses in litigation. Author Paul Stern demystifies the process while providing practical, stepwise guidance for those who want to prepare and present expert testimony with confidence and clarity. Beginning with discussions of the who, what, and why of expert testimony, the book also defines the role of the expert, including ethical and professional issues that may arise. Filled with tips, techniques, and case examples, chapters also show expert witnesses and attorneys how to prepare for court, how to present testimony in the most convincing and credible manner possible, how to deal with cross-examination, and how to cross-examine irresponsible expert witnesses. Anyone who may be called upon to testify--or participate in court in any way--in cases of interpersonal violence will find this book an invaluable resource. In particular, mental health professionals, medical personnel, scientists, investigators, attorneys, and judges will want to use the book to prepare themselves for the rigors involved in every aspect of expert testimony. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An essential guide
This book is a must-read for anyone who employs or cross-examines expert witnesses. And, frankly, anyone who might be called upon to give expert witness testimony would be well-advised to read it as well.

Stern's book is thorough, covering every aspect of expert witness testimony, and is full of specific ideas that can be applied in court. Best of all, it's far from the tedious read of the typical legal text. Stern mixes entertaining real-life examples, and a sense of humor, into his informative text.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
As a mental health professional dealing with court issues both for myself and colleagues, this book has been a great resource. The information has enabled us to enter a courtroom with much more confidence and much less anxiety. Mr. Stern's work has helped to make sense of an often frustrating and confusing experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worried about expert testimony? This will help.
This is a jewel of a book. Mr. Stern follows his own advice: know your literature, know your audience, and speak English. As a forensic nurse and educator, I would recommend this book to any examiner who is about to face the rigors of courtroom testimony.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Wealth of Reference Information
Mr. Stern presents a well assembled, logical, and (even) entertaining collection of information for anybody that is touched by any aspect of child abuse litigation. The book is well rounded enough to be useful for students as well as field practitioners. I'd like to see him tackle other areas of criminal law and (especially) the case preparation aspects. ... Read more


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