crjs406 ip2

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At the crime scene, you have completed the initial walk-through and are planning your collection of the evidence at the scene, when a new investigator approaches you and asks about the differences between individual and class characteristics of physical evidence. "Didn't they teach you this at the academy?" another investigator mutters under her breath. The new investigator looks sheepish, but you assure him that you will get him up to speed regarding these characteristics of physical evidence. In this assignment, you will explain to the new investigator the differences between class and individual characteristics of physical evidence. Assignment Guidelines • Address the following in 3–5 pages: o Specifically, what are class characteristics of physical evidence? Explain in detail.  Provide 3 different examples that illustrate your explanation o What else must exist for evidence with class characteristics to be used in court? Explain. o Can a type of physical evidence be considered a cla

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CRJS406-IP2NameClassDateProfessorClass and Physical Evidence Class and individual evidence have different characteristics and play a different role in court. The class evidence has class characteristics. Class characteristics are any group of evidence with the same characteristics. Individual evidence is evidence with unique characteristics that can be identified to a single person or item. Class characteristics come in many different forms but is considered circumstantial evidence unless there are unique characteristics of the evidence that point to it belonging to a specific individual or tying it back to a specific item owned by the individual. Class evidence comes from a group (NIJ, 2005). Shoes are class evidence because there are many different types of shoes, size, colors, and brands. When a shoe is matched to a person because the tread matches as well as the wear pattern then it becomes individual evidence. The wear pattern is unique because every person wears their shoes different and walks different causing a unique wear pattern to emerge. There might be thousands of pair of red Nikes and the shoe pattern will match but unless there is some individual characteristics saying this shoe definitely belongs to the criminal defendant then it is class evidence. Another form of class characteristics are fibers. Fibers are everywhere and on everything. For example fibers from a red blanket are class evidence. The fibers from the red b

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