Legal Aspects of Forensics

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Forensic science plays a major role in the administration of justice. Blood analysis, DNA investigations, and improved fingerprint analysis can make the difference between freeing an innocent person or incarcerating a dangerous criminal. Legal Aspects of Forensics details the elements of law that are necessary to understand how forensic science interacts with the justice system. Landmark cases in the use and ...
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Overview

Forensic science plays a major role in the administration of justice. Blood analysis, DNA investigations, and improved fingerprint analysis can make the difference between freeing an innocent person or incarcerating a dangerous criminal. Legal Aspects of Forensics details the elements of law that are necessary to understand how forensic science interacts with the justice system. Landmark cases in the use and treatment of evidence are detailed, and the use of current scientific methods is explored.

About the Author:
Danielle S. Sapse is currently teaches law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City

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"We live in a society in which personal safety and the safety of our family and friends, as well as the safety of our country, occupies a foremost place in our thoughts." One can almost hear the ominous theme chords of Law and Order echoing behind this opening statement. Sapse, a professor at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, follows this introduction with a comprehensive tour of the U.S. legal system. A lot is packed into less than a hundred pages, including an overview of the Bill of Rights, a look at the different kinds of courts and cases, the use of evidence, and the various professionals involved in legal actions. Unfortunately, the prose is a little dry compared to other books in this series. Although there are frequent sidebars, Sapse could have used more anecdotes woven into the text and perhaps some questions or hypothetical cases to engage the reader. Without these narrative touches, the result reads more like a reference book than gripping nonfiction. As a reference tool, though, it does work rather well. Students contemplating a career in law or those with a strong interest in American history will find this a valuable addition to the school library. It is part of the six-book series "Inside Forensic Science" published by Chelsea House.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791089255
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Inside Forensic Science Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents


The Courts     1
The Steps of the Criminal Legal Process     14
The Members of the Courtroom     25
Sources of Law and the Constitution     37
Criminal Law     49
Evidence     64
Defenses     80
Civil Law     88
Notes     95
Glossary     96
Bibliography     103
Further Reading     105
Index     108
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