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Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents, Second Edition : Forensic and Police Science Series - Jan Seaman Kelly

Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents, Second Edition

Forensic and Police Science Series

By: Jan Seaman Kelly (Editor), Brian S. Lindblom (Editor)

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Considered the forensic document examiner's bible, Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents is an authoritative and comprehensive reference that focuses on the pertinent advancements made within the field. This newest edition presents the qualifications necessary for a well-trained examiner and details the most up-to-date methodologies used in the field. An essential guide for the novice and the seasoned professional, it is also an informative reference for the layperson who is interested in the subject.
Featuring chapters written by several forensic document examination experts, this new edition is extensively revised to reflect post-1982 developments. Since that time, new avenues of written communication have emerged, as well as the proliferation of desktop computers and printers. Both of these factors have strongly impacted the nature of the examinations performed and the methodologies used. The book thoroughly explores the complexities involved in keeping current with these developments and does so, in some instances, aided by the presentation of a variety of documents and case studies.
Discussion topics include infra-red exams, the use of computer hardware and software in document examination, and innovative chart making techniques. New chapters cover computer printer technologies, facsimiles, techniques for the detection of digitally manipulated documents and photocopies, ASTM standards for reporting conclusions along with advanced examination techniques. Updated chapters include expanded discussion of ESDA and other analytical tools, document dating, modern stamp making technology, and more.

Organization and content of bookp. 3
What is forensic document examination?p. 9
A forensic document examiner's trainingp. 15
Care and handling of documentsp. 21
Work notesp. 29
The Daubert erap. 37
Conclusions and guidelines for handwriting comparisonp. 43
Identification of handwritingp. 47
Identification of signaturesp. 75
Identification of hand printing and numeralsp. 109
Disguise in hand printing and numeralsp. 119
Preparation and collection of signatures and handwriting standardsp. 127
Pens and pencilsp. 147
Typographyp. 159
Typewritersp. 177
The examination of computer-generated documentsp. 191
Photocopiersp. 217
Facsimile machinesp. 227
Manipulated photocopies, faxes, and computer-printed documentsp. 235
Rubber stampsp. 247
Checkwritersp. 269
Staplesp. 281
Conventional printing processesp. 287
Paper examinationsp. 293
Carbonless paperp. 303
Accidental markings and indented writing on a documentp. 309
Alterations in documentsp. 319
Multi-faceted approachp. 339
The role of indentation analysis, offsetting, and transferp. 341
Dating by materials : identification, comparison, and examination of changesp. 347
Cameras, scanners, and image enhancementp. 359
Conclusions and guidelinesp. 367
Considerations in preparing for courtp. 373
Demonstrative chartsp. 375
Pretrial conferencep. 383
Preparation for a Daubert hearingp. 385
The untrained document expert witnessp. 393
The document examiner's testimony in courtp. 399
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ISBN: 9780849320446
ISBN-10: 0849320445
Series: Forensic and Police Science Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 27th April 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 1.07
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition