Discuss the qualifications training and experience that one must have to be an expert witness in a court case.

Other visible items:
1. Paper “Quick Pick” Lottery Ticket on counter with a blood-like impression on it
2. A blue steel .38 caliber revolver with reddish-brown spots and two hair-like fibers on it on the floor by the ice cream cooler
3. A ripped open cardboard carton on the floor in front of the counter
4. A crude map and directions to the store drawn/written in pencil on a piece of notebook paper on the floor
5. A typical cardboard six pack container of cold beer (bottles) on the floor near the beer cooler
6. One spent bullet embedded in the wall behind the counter
7. Spilled cigar box of $20 bills on the floor next to the deceased
8. Fresh-looking cigarette butt only half smoked outside the store in a parking space near the entry to the store

Your Tasks

1) Address the following for each of the eight listed items:

Explain what fixed, non-moveable items you would process for latent impressions. What process(es) will you use at the scene?
Which of the eight item(s), if any, would not be processed for latent impressions? Why?
Where are these items going to be processed?
Explain the processing protocols that you would for each item.

2) What steps would you take to determine if any of the people present at the scene may have been involved in the homicide or are merely witnesses?

3) How would you package the evidence that pertains to the fingerprint analysis?

4) Assume down the line that someone has been charged with the offense. An expert witness is called at trial. Discuss the qualifications, training, and experience that one must have to be an expert witness in a court case.

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