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Forensic Science and Law : Investigative Applications in Criminal, Civil and Family Justice - Cyril H. Wecht

Forensic Science and Law

Investigative Applications in Criminal, Civil and Family Justice

By: Cyril H. Wecht (Editor), John T. Rago (Editor)

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Published: 22nd December 2005
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Forensic science has undergone dramatic progress in recent years, including in the areas of DNA collection and analysis and the reconstruction of crime scenes. However, too few professionals are equipped with the knowledge necessary to fully apply the potential of science in civil, criminal, and family legal matters.

Featuring contributions from renowned experts in the forensic, scientific, and legal professions, Forensic Science and Law: Investigative Applications in Criminal, Civil, and Family Justice communicates the wide range of methods and approaches used for achieving justice in these circumstances.

A solid grounding in the underlying principles of our legal system provides a context for understanding how these methods are applied. The book brings together the words and thoughts of diverse professionals whose common goal is to uncover the truth.

About the editorsa ]

Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., is actively involved as a medical-legal and forensic science consultant, author, and lecturer. Currently coroner of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania, he is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology and is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Dr. Wecht is a Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Graduate School of Public Health, an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University Schools of Law, Pharmacy and Health Services, and a Distinguished Professor at Carlow University. He is a past president of both the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Wecht is the author of more than 500 professional publications and has appeared as a guest on numerous national television and radio talk shows.

John T. Rago, J.D., is Assistant Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law and the Director of both The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law and the Law Schoola (TM)s Post-conviction DNA Project. He teaches criminal law and procedure to law students and graduate courses on wrongful convictions, foundations in American law and constitutional criminal procedure to students in the universitya (TM)s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. Professor Rago also serves as an appointed member to the Innocence Projecta (TM)s Policy Group of the Cardozo School of Law in New York. He is admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Ancient tradition - the relationship of science and lawp. 3
Logic in forensic sciencep. 11
Forensic science and law - revealing truth and freedom in a single lightp. 35
Criminal law and procedurep. 67
Forensic science and the familyp. 109
The civil justice systemp. 139
Discovery in civil casesp. 151
Contract law - forensic agreementsp. 157
Fundamental principles of tort lawp. 165
Product liabilityp. 231
Forensic medicine and medical negligence - initial case investigation applicationsp. 239
Construction lawp. 255
Experts and the admissibility of evidence concerning scientific, technical, and other specialized areas of knowledgep. 285
A critical analysis of selected features of fingerprintingp. 299
Trace evidence examinationp. 323
Firearm and toolmark identificationp. 333
The investigation of fire and explosionsp. 357
Questioned document examinationp. 365
Forensic pathologyp. 387
Forensic toxicologyp. 401
Serologyp. 409
DNA analysisp. 419
The science of forensic entomologyp. 431
Forensic odontologyp. 443
Forensic anthropologyp. 455
Behavioral science and the lawp. 475
Digital forensicsp. 495
Forensic linguistics, authorship attribution, and admissibilityp. 505
Forensic accountingp. 523
Forensic economics in instances of wrongful death and injuryp. 541
Forensic engineering and sciencep. 561
Crime scene managementp. 577
The roles of public attorneys in the practice of forensic sciencep. 593
Forensic and legal nursingp. 601
Forensic science and public health - the role of enabling statutes, reporting obligations, and privacy lawsp. 629
Forensic science and public health - the role of forensic epidemiologyp. 655
Lawyers, ethics, and the forensic professionalp. 663
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ISBN: 9780849319709
ISBN-10: 0849319706
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 697
Published: 22nd December 2005
Publisher: CRC PR INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.11 x 18.54  x 4.32
Weight (kg): 1.36
Edition Number: 1