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Investigator and Officer's Court Testimony

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Find a current or past court trial (via Internet or television) where an investigator or officer is called to testify. Evaluate the officer's role and if he/she follows the guidelines. Then evaluate one-fourth to one-half of the officer's court testimony. Identify and summarize the trial you observed and evaluated.

Explain:
The courtroom role of the investigator or officer.
How well the investigator or officer adhered to guidelines recommended in the text.
If the outcome of the case was affected positively or negatively by the testimony.
Methods or techniques that may have improved the investigator or police officer's testimony.
Where and how you found the court case, including a Web site link for an online source or an APA formatted citation for a television source.

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Hi,

Excellent questions! Let's take a closer look at the OJ Simpson case, which most people are familiar. Go to the URL: http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/Simpson/simpson.htm to familiarize yourself with the case and the trial, from which this response is drawn.

RESPONSE:

1. The courtroom role of the investigator or officer

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Trial of OJ Simpson

"Although the 1995 criminal trial of O. J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman has been called a "a great trash novel come to life," no one can deny the pull it had on the American public. If the early reports of the murder of the wife of the ex--NFL football star (turned-NBC-sports-announcer) hadn't caught people's full attention, Simpson's surreal Bronco ride on the day of his arrest certainly did--ninety-five million television viewers witnessed the slow police chase live. The 133 days of televised courtroom testimony turned countless viewers into Simpson trial junkies. Even foreign leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Boris Yeltsin eagerly gossiped about the trial. When Yeltsin stepped off his plane to meet President Clinton, the first question he asked was, "Do you think O. J. did it?" When, at 10 A.M. PST on October 3, Judge Ito's clerk read the jury's verdict of "Not Guilty," 91% of all persons viewing television were glued to the unfolding scene in the Los Angeles courtroom" (http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/Simpson/simpson.htm).

DNA - Criminal Evidence collected by police investigators, including Mark Fuhrman, who testified at the trial:

1. The 9-1-1 call and the history of Simpson's violence directed at Nicole Brown.
2. Hair evidence: (1) hairs consistent with that of Simpson found on cap at Bundy residence, (2) hairs consistent with that of Simpson found on Ron Goldman's shirt.
3. Fiber evidence: (1) cotton fibers consistent with the carpet in the Bronco found on glove at Rockingham, (2) fibers consistent with the carpet from the Bronco found on cap at Bundy residence.
4. Blood evidence: (1) killer dropped blood near shoe prints at Bundy, (2) blood dropped at Bundy was of same type as Simpson's (about 0.5% of population would match), (3) Simpson had fresh cuts on left hand on day after murder, (4) blood found in ...

Solution Summary

By illustrative example of a current or past court trial where an investigator or officer is called to testify, this solution evaluates several dimensions, such as the officer's role and if he/she follows the guidelines and one-fourth to one-half of the officer's court testimony and others. Then, it identifies and summarizes the trial.

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