You are a new member of a crime scene investigative (CSI) unit that is only a couple of months old. The Chief of Police asks you to create an introductory document for a new community outreach program. The goal is to help the community understand the different types of evidence and how they are used.
Write a 3-4 page paper that addresses the following points:
- What is the difference between real or physical evidence and testimonial evidence?
- Provide 5 examples of real or physical evidence that might require explanation in court by you because you are the one recording, recovering, processing, and packaging the evidence you recovered.
- Why is real or physical evidence important for the triers of fact (jury)?
- What is demonstrative evidence, and why is it used to clarify issues in trials?
- What is the difference between direct evidence and circumstantial evidence? Explain.
- What is the concept of overwhelming circumstantial evidence? Explain.
- Can circumstantial evidence be enough for a conviction? Why or why not?
Requirements: 3 to 4 pages
here is the textbook for the course for a reference – Garland, N. (2019). Criminal Evidence (8th Edition). McGraw-Hill Higher Education (US).
The paper will need an introduction and conclusion as well. We are to use APA 7th addistion
The concept of overwhelming circumstantial evidence is drawn from facts presented to a hearing without direct observations. It becomes overwhelming for a jury since the witness lacks direct testimony of a crime. For example, if a witness claims that they heard a gunshot and found the accused with a pistol next to the victim on arriving at the scene, it is circumstantial. This form of evidence overwhelms the prosecutors and officers involved in the cased due to a lack of facts. Several circumstances may surround this testimony, such as the accused shooting at an escaping murderer or having picked the gun from the crime scene.