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Crime lab : a guide for nonscientists
Houde, John.
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Publication Information:
Ventura, CA : Calico Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
205 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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Central Library HV8073 .H82 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
Hamburg Library HV8073 .H82 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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What does it mean to match' a bullet? How are drugs positively identified? This book is a guide for those interested in what goes on behind the yellow tape at a crime scene.

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Dedicated to "the juror," this illustrated tour of the criminalist's laboratory will also appeal to mystery and true crime fans and to criminal justice professionals whose specialties complement the crime lab team's skills. A forensic scientist for more than 26 years, the author is an officer of the California Association of Criminalists and teaches at San Jose State University's Administration of Justice program. His subjects here include the process of gathering evidence, information blood can provide, issues a survey of the crime scene can address, problems posed by perishable evidence, the scientific equipment criminalists use, trace evidence, DNA testing, impression evidence (including ballistics), toxicology, and the credibility required for juries to accept criminalists' testimony as reliable. Houde traces a fictional crime's evidence through different parts of the crime lab; he also comments on high-visibility trials where the work of forensic scientists was subject to criticism--notably, in his discussion of "creditability," the O. J. Simpson criminal trial. Not essential, but should have some appeal for a fairly wide range of readers. --Mary Carroll

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