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2nd Edition

Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents

ISBN 9780849320446
Published April 27, 2006 by CRC Press
464 Pages 185 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Considered the forensic document examiner's bible, Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents is an authoritative and comprehensive reference that focuses on the pertinent advancements made within the field. This newest edition presents the qualifications necessary for a well-trained examiner and details the most up-to-date methodologies used in the field. An essential guide for the novice and the seasoned professional, it is also an informative reference for the layperson who is interested in the subject.

Featuring chapters written by several forensic document examination experts, this new edition is extensively revised to reflect post-1982 developments. Since that time, new avenues of written communication have emerged, as well as the proliferation of desktop computers and printers. Both of these factors have strongly impacted the nature of the examinations performed and the methodologies used. The book thoroughly explores the complexities involved in keeping current with these developments and does so, in some instances, aided by the presentation of a variety of documents and case studies.

Discussion topics include infra-red exams, the use of computer hardware and software in document examination, and innovative chart making techniques. New chapters cover computer printer technologies, facsimiles, techniques for the detection of digitally manipulated documents and photocopies, ASTM standards for reporting conclusions along with advanced examination techniques. Updated chapters include expanded discussion of ESDA and other analytical tools, document dating, modern stamp making technology, and more.

Table of Contents

Organization and Content of Book, Brian S. Lindblom and Jan Seaman Kelly
What Is Forensic Document Examination? Brian S. Lindblom
A Forensic Document Examiner's Training, Brian S. Lindblom

The Document Case
Care and Handling of Documents, Jan Seaman Kelly
Work Notes, Jan Seaman Kelly

Science, Handwriting Examination, and the Courts
The Daubert Era, Kirsten Jackson
Conclusions and Guidelines for Handwriting Comparison, Carl McClary

Handwriting Examination and Comparison
Identification of Handwriting, Dan C. Purdy
Identification of Signatures, Howard C. Rile, Jr.
Identification of Hand Printing and Numerals,
Jan Seaman Kelly
Disguise in Hand Printing and Numerals,
Jan Seaman Kelly
Preparation and Collection of Signatures and
Handwriting Standards, Brian S. Lindblom

Mechanical and Electronic Impression Examinations and Comparisons
Pens and Pencils, Brian S. Lindblom
Typography, Bill Flynn
Typewriters, Mary W. Kelly
The Examination of Computer-Generated Documents
Appendix, Bill Flynn
Photocopiers, Bonnie L. Beal and Susan E. Morton
Facsimile Machines, Brian S. Lindblom
Manipulated Photocopies, Faxes, and Computer-Printed Documents, Brian S. Lindblom and Robert Gervais
Rubber Stamps, Jan Seaman Kelly
Check Writers, Tom Vastrick
Staples, Tom Vastrick

Conventional Printing and Paper Examinations
Printing Processes, Susan L. Fortunato
Paper Examinations, Susan L. Fortunato
Carbonless Paper, Tom Vastrick

Indented Writing Impressions
Accidental Markings and Indented Writing on
a Document, Farrell Shiver

Altered Documents
Alterations in Documents, Susan E. Morton and Bonnie L. Beal

The Age of a Document
Multifaceted Approach, Brian S. Lindblom
The Role of Indentation Analysis, Offsetting, and Transfer, Brian S. Lindblom
Dating by Materials: Identification, Comparison, and Examination of Changes, Brian S. Lindblom

Digital Photography and Enhancement
Cameras, Scanners, and Image Enhancement, Frank Hicks, Brian S. Lindblom, and Robert Gervais

ASTM Guidelines for Forensic Document Examination
Conclusions and Guidelines, Carl McClary

Preparing for Court Testimony
Consideration in Preparing for Court, Frank Hicks
Demonstrative Charts, Frank Hicks, Brian S. Lindblom, and Robert Gervais
Pretrial Conference, Frank Hicks
Preparation for a Daubert Hearing, Jan Seaman Kelly and Kirsten Jackson
Unqualified and Pseudoexpert Witnesses, Jan Seaman Kelly
The Document Examiner's Testimony in Court, Jan Seaman Kelly



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". . . considered the forensic document examiner’s bible . . . an authoritative and comprehensive reference . . . An essential guide for the novice and the seasoned professional, it is also an informative reference for the layperson interested in the subject."

– In Crime & Justice International, May/June 2007