Forensics 1.06 Critical Thinking

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Review Questions

1) What is forensic science?

Forensic science is the application of science to the criminal justice system.

2) What three tasks or responsibilities does a forensic scientist have?

A forensic scientist can collect and analyze data from crime scenes, and train other law enforcement individuals. Forensic scientists can work in the lab, go out and collect data, or teach at colleges and universities.

3) What criteria might be used to establish someone as an expert witness?

Courts take in the educational degrees that the person has, any publications that they may have, how many years that they have been involved in their field, and any professional organizations that the person is a member of.

4) What are two of the ways that a forensic pathologist might use to help determine the time of death?

A forensic pathologist can use rigor mortis and liver mortis to figure out time of death.

5) What does a forensic anthropologist do?

A forensic anthropologist specializes in identifying and examining skeletons and skeletal remains.

Critical Thinking Questions

1) Why do you think it is so important to use proper methods when collecting evidence from a crime scene?

It is important to use proper methods when collecting evidence so that you can be able to analyze it correctly and get the correct information. If you do not use proper methods and collect the wrong information, then even the most experienced forensic scientist cannot analyze it and the criminal will get away, and you will never know the truth of what happened.

2) Why do you think forensic science has been increasingly used by the criminal justice system?

I think that forensic science has been increasingly used by the criminal justice system because it is science, which is easier to analyze and to understand exactly why and how things happened. It also makes it easier because you’re not just listening to two sides of the...
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