Questioned Documents: A Lawyer's Handbook

Questioned Documents: A Lawyer's Handbook

by Jay Levinson
     
 

Questioned documents are any documents that may be used as evidence in a trial, ranging from handwritten notes to counterfeit currency to contracts. This concise new handbook is designed specifically to aid lawyers involved in cases that involve questioned documents (QD) evidence. It explains the basics of document examination and helps litigators improve the way

Overview

Questioned documents are any documents that may be used as evidence in a trial, ranging from handwritten notes to counterfeit currency to contracts. This concise new handbook is designed specifically to aid lawyers involved in cases that involve questioned documents (QD) evidence. It explains the basics of document examination and helps litigators improve the way they present document evidence and question witnesses. It also provides references to professional literature and other legal sources, making it easy to find further information when needed.
Questioned Documents: A Lawyer's Handbook provides analyses applied to many types of investigations and types of documents. It outlines the techniques for determining authenticity, age, ink and paper sources, handwriting identification, equipment used, forgeries, alterations, erasures, and more. In addition to helping the attorneys who mush present the QD evidence and ask the questions, this handbook is also an important resource for the expert witnesses who will be asked those questions at trial.

Key Features
• Explains the basics of document examination and shows how they apply to a variety of cases
• Helps litigators improve the way they present document evidence and interrogate witnesses
• Saves hours in pre-trial interviews by providing lawyers with the a thorough knowledge of the topic
• Presents case examples from the US, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Nepal, Israel, Jordan, Russia, Romania and more
• Includes actual questions that can be asked of expert witnesses
• Provides an extensive list of references and research suggestions
• Helps document examiners learn about the application of their expertise in the courtroom, and what to expect when questioned by attorneys

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...a good overview of the many types of examinations conducted by the questioned document examiner."
—Danielle P. Seiger, Questioned Document Examiner, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Booknews
A resource for lawyers involved in trials concerning questioned document evidence, explaining basics of document examination so that the reader is in a better position to present document evidence and interrogate witnesses in court. Coverage includes handwriting, typewriters, printers and other office machines, photography, writing inks and dyes, erasures, and fingerprints, as well as examination equipment. Suggested lines of questioning are given. Case studies are presented from around the world. Includes appendices on Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew character typefonts, plus lists of organizations and publications. Levinson has worked as a document examiner for the US Central Intelligence Agency, and now works for the Israel Police. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780124454903
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
10/12/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Jay Levinson received his Ph.D. and undergraduate degrees from New York University. From 1972 until 1981 he worked for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a document examiner. He is a member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, and was certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners. In 1981 Dr Levinson joined the Israel National Police, first as a document examiner, then as a training officer. He now heads up special projects in the crime laboratory division. Dr Levinson has published more than 80 articles and papers dealing with document examination and forensic science. He has also given instruction in document examination in more than 20 countries and as an invited lecturer at several universities.

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