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One Assault, Two Crime Scenes: The Challenge of Handling Sexual Assault Cases

The importance of processing a sexual assault crime scene properly cannot be emphasized enough. Sexual assault cases are actually two crime scenes—one is the location of the occurrence and the other is the body of the victim. These scenes require not only a comprehensive crime scene search, but also swift examination and questioning of the victim. AMU professor Dena Weiss, a 17-year crime scene investigator (CSI), explains the various pieces of evidence a CSI is searching for and collecting as well as how police officers can help preserve key evidence in sexual assault cases.

The Ongoing Debate About Collecting DNA After An Arrest, But Before A Conviction

By Nicole Cain M.S., full-time faculty member at American Military University

Does the collection of DNA samples from those arrested for specific offenses—but not convicted—encroach on the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizures or is it an effective investigative tool?

The goal of criminal investigators is to identify and apprehend criminal offenders.

Interested in a Career in Criminal Forensics? Perspectives from the Field

By Dena Weiss, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

The dynamics involved in crime scene examination have captured the hearts of Americans, often through exciting portrayals on television dramas and movies. Gathering forensic evidence has been portrayed by the media as being easily seen, quickly collected, and rapidly analyzed—resulting in solved cases in a matter of hours.

Veteran Forensic Scientist Examines Negligence in the Collection of Evidence Against Amanda Knox

By Dena Weiss, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

Meredith Kercher was found brutally murdered on November 2, 2007 in Perugia, Italy. This young 22-year-old British exchange student from the University of Foreigners was found stabbed and posed in a provocative manner in her bedroom located in a cottage shared by three other roommates.