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Inside the Mind of a Defense Attorney

Christine Funk knows good lawyering and good science when she sees it. And she knows when they’re not so good.

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Free Survey Course on Evidence Gathering

Stevenson University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies is entering the new online educational territory of MOOCs, free massive open online courses. Stevenson will offer a MOOC Survey of Forensics for individuals who want an introduction to the science and discipline of forensic investigation and gathering legal evidence. The course will provide an overview of three important forensics areas of study: Forensic Science, Cyber Forensics, and Forensic Studies.

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A Rape, an Audit, and a Conviction

Audit finds serious issues with a police evidence room, but also validates the integrity of evidence integral to a 2001 rape case

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Evidence Technician Arrested

Oregon State Police Arrests Department's Newport Office Evidence Technician Following Alleged Theft of Cash From Evidence Room

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Course Preps Medical Personnel in Evidence Collection

When sexual assault occurs, victims deserve swift, competent and compassionate care. Through various Army initiatives, including Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, or SHARP, and the "I. A.M. STRONG" campaign, the ability to treat and support victims, as well as identify and bring justice, has been improved.

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Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook - Now Available!

A new handbook by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides forensic laboratories, law enforcement agencies, and the judicial system with state-of-the-art guidelines and recommended best practices for preserving biological evidence so that it is available at any time to solve “cold cases,” confirm the guilt of criminals or exonerate the innocent.

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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.

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