A Guide to Forensic Testimony: The Art and Practice of by Fred Chris Smith

By Fred Chris Smith

Info know-how is an more and more huge think about felony court cases. In instances huge and small, from the U.S. Government's antitrust swimsuit opposed to Microsoft company, to civil court cases filed over the failure of a community, to legal situations within which the authenticity of digital proof is puzzled, the testimony of a technical professional is key. yet so one can be powerful, knowledgeable technical witness wishes even more than an figuring out of the expertise in question.A advisor to Forensic Testimony is the 1st publication to deal with the explicit wishes of the IT specialist witness. it's going to arm you with the instruments you must testify successfully. within you can find every thing from an outline of uncomplicated witness tasks and demanding situations to a deeper exploration of what produces winning technical testimony. Written by way of a working laptop or computer safeguard authority who has served as a technical witness, and a tribulation legal professional who specializes in how electronic proof and laptop forensics are changing litigation, this publication is your consultant to the complex forensic panorama that awaits the professional technical witness.This booklet encompasses a wealth of knowledge and adventure from front strains, together with firsthand bills of the demanding situations confronted via professional technical witnesses, functional in-court examples, and beneficial suggestion. one of the subject matters coated are:The evolution of the specialist IT witness and the starting to be criminal dependence on technical services criminal standards tested to figure out the skills and skills of a technical professional to face as a witness the types of circumstances and difficulties which are apt to be encountered in electronic forensic assignments harm prompted while the principles of professionalism and ethics are neglected or misapplied the development and upkeep of a fantastic specialist dating among professional and legal professional The construction and use of visible instruments in court testimony how one can increase the demeanor and non-verbal conversation talents of the technical witnessWhether you're a data technologist requested to function knowledgeable witness, a lawyer who works with details know-how specialists, a company danger supervisor, or a consumer whose pursuits are suffering from the functionality of IT specialists, you are going to profit drastically from A advisor to Forensic Testimony.

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What Vinny still needs to prove to the judge and the jury for his witness to be allowed to give her opinion is that she has become expert as a result of her inheritance of the family tradition of expertise and through her own experience and training. There are many ways to demonstrate this economically in technical areas where licensing and certification are not required to become a recognized expert. Once again the sexist prosecutor comes to Vinny's aid. Having nowhere to go with his challenge to her qualifications, since she has testified to her family tradition and her experience as a mechanic practicing with these other experts, the prosecutor next frames a question that appears to be highly technical.

20] [20] Personal communication from Raemarie Schmidt, February 2002. Beginning forensic examiners can quickly come to understand and apply the basic tools, practices, and procedures of computer forensics for purposes of examining data in a computer or digital forensics for application to digital media. They then need to recognize there is a very big difference between finding all the relevant evidence without contaminating or altering it and communicating those findings as well as opinions about the significance of those findings to a judge and a jury.

There are also reasonable assurances that manufacturing standards have been scrupulously followed by the major automobile and auto parts manufacturers. This also holds true for the performance criteria of the different technologies and vehicles that have those technologies installed in particular models. And all of this objective information is available to any expert (or for that matter, to any judge or juror) to confirm. What Vinny still needs to prove to the judge and the jury for his witness to be allowed to give her opinion is that she has become expert as a result of her inheritance of the family tradition of expertise and through her own experience and training.

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