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Forensic Document Examination in the 21st Century

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ISBN 9780367251550
December 16, 2020 Forthcoming by CRC Press
336 Pages - 150 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Forensic Document Examination in the 21st Century covers the latest technology and techniques providing a complete resource on contemporary issues and methods in forensic document examination. Forensic document examiners provide their findings as expert testimony in court. Due to rapid changes in technology, including digital documents, printing and photocopying capabilities, and more, there is a great need for this up-to-date reference.

The examination of documents can include comparison of handwriting or hand-printing; detection of alterations or photocopier and computer manipulation; restoration or decipherment of erased and obliterated writing; visualization of latent impressions; the identification of printing processes; and differentiation of inks. Computer-generated documents are prevalent, and electronically-captured signatures are becoming more widespread, meaning the knowledge of advances in technology and adoption of new validated techniques and methods of document examination are crucial to the reliability of forensic opinions.

Forensic Document Examination in the 21st Century includes the latest research on the subject and with contributions from leading experts on their various areas of expertise. The book will be a welcome addition to the literature and support the foundational basis for methods and procedures for use it expert testimony in court, serving as a resource for forensic document examiners, trainees, and those in the criminal and legal communities who use the services of expert document examiners and witnesses

Table of Contents

Section I: Modern Standards, Theory, and Practices. Chapter 1: Forensic Document Examiner Training. Chapter 2: Standards in Forensic Document Examination. Chapter 3: The Logical Approach to Evidence Evaluation. Chapter 4: Cognitive Bias and Handwriting Examination: Concepts, Current Knowledge, and Future Practice. Chapter 5: Forensic Intelligence. Chapter 6: Expert Testimony: The Path to the Jury. Section II: Handwriting Topics and Research. Chapter 7: Development of Habitual Handwriting Characteristics in Elementary School Students. Chapter 8: Evaluation of Handwriting Evidence. Chapter 9: Forensic Hand-Printing Examination. Chapter 10: Handwriting Complexity. Chapter 11: Examination of Foreign-Influenced Handwriting. Chapter 12: Frequency of Occurrence Proportions in Handwriting. Chapter 13: Examination and Comparison of Handwriting by Forensic Document Examiners Compared to Laypersons. Section III: Applications of Technology in Forensic Document Examination. Chapter 14: Forensic Analysis of Handwritten Electronic Signatures. Chapter 15: Indentation Development and Visualization. Chapter 16: Examination of Cut, Torn, Shredded, and Perforated Documents. Chapter 17: Electrophotography. Chapter 18: Typography. Chapter 19: Computer Generated Documents. Chapter 20: Radiography. Chapter 21: Digital Examination Techniques and Considerations. Chapter 22: Computational Analysis of Documents.

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Ms. Jan Kelly is Past President of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE), Fellow and current Section Chair of the Questioned Documents Section in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). In 1993, Ms. Kelly completed the rigorous certification testing process of ABFDE. Ms. Kelly was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE) in 1995 and served as Recertification Committee Chair (1995-1999), Secretary (1999-2010), and President (2001-2003). Ms. Kelly has published numerous articles and is a primary author and editor of two books: Forensic Examination of Rubber Stamps in 2002 and Ordway Hilton’s 2006 Second Edition of Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents. Both books are used as training and reference sources for forensic document examiners. Ms. Kelly received the Ordway Hilton Award in 2004 by the Questioned Documents Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The American Board of Forensic Document Examiners recognized Ms. Kelly’s achievements in the presentation of the Charles C. Scott Award in 2002 and the New Horizon Award in 2007. In 2004, the Rotary Clubs of Southern Nevada recognized Ms. Kelly by awarding her Safety Officer of the Year.

Ms. Kelly is a consultant, an examiner, and a case reviewer in Forensic Document Examination and Footwear Impression Evidence. These services are provided in civil, criminal, and administrative courts for the plaintiff or defense.

Miriam Angel currently works as an Examiner of Questioned Documents II for the Questioned Document Unit for the Los Angeles Police Department, where she has worked a total of 23 years. She is an Association Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science, a Provisional Member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, A Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, a Member of the Southwester Association of Forensic Document Examiners and a Member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).