Criminal justice students and practitioners, law enforcement officials, college professors, and attorneys will find this textbook critical to understanding the basic principles, rules, and constitutional provisions governing the admission of evidence in criminal courts. This book's straightforward style gives the reader access to the fundamental concepts that comprise the Law of Evidence. Clearly defined topics along with concise explanations are further developed through the presentation of relevant case law with a unique focused approach. Subjects covered include Forms of Evidence, Sufficiency of Evidence, the Adversary System, Burdens of Proof, Law Enforcement’s Role and the Law of Evidence, Preservation of Evidence, Witnesses, Proof, and Privileges.
The 6th Edition features new material focusing on Direct and Circumstantial Evidence, Chain of Custody, Computer Generated Animations and Information, Newly-Discovered Evidence, DNA Samples, Expert Witnesses, Character Evidence, Internet Message Boards and Blogs, and a comprehensive analysis of Eyewitness Identification Evidence. The complete and unannotated Federal Rules of Evidence are included as well.