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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Direct: Examination

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  • Was crime scene evidence tested?
  • Was DNA from a suspect tested?
  • Was there a match?
  • Explanation of DNA.
  • Explanation of testing conducted in this case.
  • Item(s) tested (and chain of custody).
  • Opinion.
  • Information used to arrive at opinion.
  • Basis of opinion.
  • Methodology, including non-forensic uses.
  • Consideration of alternatives and contrary theories.
  • Identification of defendant as the source of the evidence
  • Charts.

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