Evidence Errors in the Care of Custody Analytical Essay by Nicky

Evidence Errors in the Care of Custody
This essay discusses the errors that can occur in evidence handling and the effect of these errors.
# 128904 | 2,766 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 16, 2010 in Law (Evidence) , Law (Historic Trials) , Law (General)


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Description:

This essay discusses issues related to mishandled evidence. The essay introduces the ideas behind evidence, methods used to collect it and how evidence is used in a trial and then discusses incidences of mishandled evidence, specifically the case of Martha Moxley. The essay finds that often it only takes one error in evidence handling to make the evidence unusable in court, and therefore more effective ways to deal with backlogs of collected evidence must be implemented. Further, it finds that up-to-date technology is necessary along with training in new technologies.ed to evidence, which include the fabrication or destruction of evidence, routinely mislead fact finders

From the Paper:

"To avoid problems in the chain of command for evidence, in addition to correctly logging in information regarding the initial care of information regarding evidence, the care/custody process requires limiting access and documenting any movement of evidence. Securing the chain of custody ideally, ultimately helps ensure errors do not lead to damaging an ensuing court case (Stirewalt, 2000)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Caldwell, Lori. (2004, June 8). Post-Tribune. Gun missing as evidence, so Gary man acquitted. Post-Tribune (IN). Retrieved November 20, 2008 from HighBeam Research database. Givens, Ann. (2006). Evidence bungled?: Blood work in DWI death trial might have been mishandled, according to testimony of troopers, others. Newsday (Melville, NY). McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. Retrieved November 20, 2008 from HighBeam Research database. Caldwell, Lori. (2004, June 8). Post-Tribune. "Gun missing as evidence, so Gary man acquitted." Post-Tribune (IN). 2004. Retrieved November 20, 2008 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1N1 1032253A4EBD8A1C.html Complete coverage: Limo crash. (2008). Retrieved November 20, 2008 from http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-licrash sg,0,390101.storygallery?coll=ny-linews-headlines
  • Evidence. (2008). Cornell Law School. Retrieved November 21, 2008, from Cornell University Law School database. Evidence bungled?: Blood work in DWI death trial might have been mishandled, according to testimony of troopers, others. Newsday (Melville, NY).\ McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. 2006. Retrieved November 20, 2008 from HighBeam Research. Haack, S. (2003). Trials & Tribulations: science in the courts. Daedalus, 132(4), 54+. Retrieved November 21, 2008, from Questia database.
  • Kennedy, R. F. (2003, January/February). Miscarriage of justice: Last year a connecticut jury convicted michael skakel of killing his neighbor Martha Moxley twenty-seven years ago . The Atlantic Monthly, 291, 51-658. Retrieved November 21, 2008, from Questia database.
  • Lyons, D. (2006, March). Capturing DNA's Crime fighting potential: DNA databases are expanding and solving many cold cases, but crime labs often lack the cold cash to fulfill their potential. state legislatures, 32, 16+. Retrieved November 21, 2008, from Questia database.
  • Sanchirico, C. W. (2004). Evidence tampering. Duke Law Journal, 53(4), 1215+. Retrieved November 21, 2008, from Questia database.

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APA Format

Evidence Errors in the Care of Custody (2010, August 16) Retrieved September 16, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/evidence-errors-in-the-care-of-custody-128904/

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