Arson dogs are useful tools for finding accelerants in locations where human investigators
cannot. Some believe that arson dogs and their indication of possible accelerant residue should
not be used as evidence in court.
Do you think arson dogs come up wi
Whats Your Impression?
This assignment will give you the opportunity to create and evaluate your own impression
evidence. As you have read in your textbook, pattern evidence is, for the most part, examined by
the naked eye. Select one of the following lea
Detail how DNA is used in criminal investigations today. What is the current impact of DNA
testing on the criminal justice system, and how has DNA revolutionized this system?
For students whose last name ends with A-L, include one case study of how DNA ex
Bite marks are no longer considered a way to specifically identify someone, but it can be used to
exclude or include a person of interest. As a juror on a homicide case, you have heard an
odonotologist discuss the bite mark evidence located on the victim
Thanks to Hollywood, firearms and the forensic information associate with them has been
portrayed as the key piece of evidence in many case. Fingerprinting is oftentimes
overshadowed. Your goal is to argue the importance of fingerprinting in our cases. Di
Do You Have What It Takes?
This week, you are to reflect on what you believe are the personal traits of a forensic scientists
and if you have the same traits. What might you have to overcome in your personal make up to
meet those requirements as you consi
Case Study Analysis: The Enrique Camarena Case
Read The Enrique Camarena Case A Forensic Nightmare.
Please address the following in detail:
1. Catalog the forensic evidence found in the Camarena Case.
2. Summarize the steps followed by the crime scene inv
An officer responds to an accident in which a vehicle has crashed into a parked car. The driver
seems to have the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath but does not exhibit any other
signs of impairment. The officer conducts several field sobriety t
After watching She Was Never in My Car, discuss the scenario below.
You are given the black hairs collected from the car seat of the possible suspect in this case.
These hairs could be human or animal. How would you go about analyzing and comparing
Do you see value in the peer review process, as outlined in Chapter 1 of your text? Between the
New England Journal of Medicine, your local newspaper, and a television news report, which do
you believe is a more credible source? Why? Explain your method o
Read An Illustrative Homicide Case Involving Blood Patterns in your text, and review the
included photos of evidence.
Looking at the bloodstain patterns on the husbands clothing, and considering what you have
learned about bloodstain patterns, are the pat
In order to complete the Final Paper, watch one of the following videos:
1. Santy, C. (Director). (2007). Welcome to homicide [Television series episode]. In J.
Brenkus& M. Stern (Executive producers], Crime 360. New York, NY: A&E
Television Networks. Ava
You have all heard of cold case investigative units and what they do. You are now a member of
your local cold case unit. As they are responsible for reviewing an old, unsolved case, you will
be required to review the facts and evidence associated with the
Some stimulants can be used in the treatment of hyperactive disorders, which can lead to abuse.
Do you think more scheduling is necessary to prevent this? If so, what type of criteria should be
included? Argue your opinion as to why the above listed crite
SANE or Not?
You have had an opportunity to read about sexual assault cases and the Sexual Assault Nurse
Examiner (SANE) personnel involved in these emotional types of cases. SANE personnel are
helping many sexual assault victims through the judicial proc
This assignment will give you the opportunity to conduct your own field sobriety tests. As
outlined in your text, there are three standardized tests used by an officer to determine if a
suspect is impaired. Select one of the following learning activities
Read Fact or Fiction?; The Jury is Still Out on the CSI Effect; A TV-Insprired Interest in
Forensics Has Left the Courtroom Vulnerable to Junk Science, which is located in the ProQuest
database in the Ashford Online Library.
What is the CSI Effect, and do
You are the lead investigator of a small agency, which means your forensic lab is limited. You are
called to a report of a decomposed body. Your scene is a decaying body lying in the shrub along
a busy freeway. What are your steps in securing the scene an