Monday, January 7, 2008

Evidence and Witnesses

Evidence and Witnesses
The outcome of many criminal law cases will depend upon the strength and admissibility of evidence -- including physical proof, scientific evidence, and witness testimony. Below you will find information on the different types and uses of evidence in a criminal case.
Criminal Evidence Basics:
Law of Criminal Evidence: Background
Evidence: The Concept of "Admissibility"
Types of Criminal Evidence:
Real and Demonstrative Evidence
Documentary Evidence
Character as Evidence
"Hearsay" Evidence
Witness Testimony:
Leading Questions
The "Lay Opinion" Rule
Fingerprints, Polygraphs, and DNA:
Fingerprints: The First ID
Fingerprint Evidence
Polygraphs ("Lie Detectors")
Lie Detector Tests: Do They Tell the Truth?
DNA Evidence: It's in Your Genes
DNA: Greater Accuracy
DNA as an Exoneration Tool