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Forensic Anthropology and the United States Judicial System




Forensic Anthropology and the United States Judicial System


A guide to the interface between forensic anthropology and the United States legal system

Designed for forensic anthropologists at all levels of expertise, Forensic Anthropology and the United States Judicial System offers a comprehensive examination of how to effectively present osteological analyses, research and interpretations in the courtroom. Written by noted experts, the book contains an historical perspective of the topic, a review of current legislation that affects expert testimony as well as vital information on courtroom procedure and judicial expectation of experts. 

A comprehensive book, Forensic Anthropology and the United States Judicial System explains how to prepare case reports and offers suggestions for getting ready for pre-trial interviews. The book also includes detailed information on affidavits, fee structures and dealing with opposing experts. This book is part of the popular Wiley – American Association for Forensic Sciences series and:

  • Offers a unique volume that addresses the interface between forensic anthropology and the legal system
  • Contains detailed guidelines for expert testimony by forensic anthropologists with all levels of experience, from beginner to expert
  • Includes information from the perspective of the Judiciary in terms of process and expectations of the Court
  • Shows how to maintain independence from, and collaborate with other experts
  • Presents detailed explanations of current legislation impacting forensic science

Forensic Anthropology and the United States Judicial System is an information-filled guide for practitioners of the rapidly growing field that integrates forensic sciences and the judicial system.

Part One: Context

Chapter 1: Confrontation: Where Forensic Science Meets the 6th Amendment
Jennifer C. Love and Laura Fulginiti

Chapter 2: “Somewhere in this Twilight”: The Circumstances Leading to the NAS Report
Thomas Holland and Christian Crowder

Chapter 3: From the Laboratory to the Witness Stand: Research Trends and Method Validation in Forensic Anthropology
Jonathan D. Bethard, and Elizabeth A. DiGangi

Chapter 4: Expertise and the Expert Witness: Contemporary Educational Foundations of Forensic Anthropology
Katelyn L. Bolhofner and Andrew C. Seidel

Part Two: The Rubber Meets the Road

Chapter 5: Transparency in Forensic Anthropology through the Implementation of Quality Assurance Practices
Julie Fleischman, Michal Pierce and Christian Crowder

Chapter 6: Report Writing and Case Documentation in Forensic Anthropology
Lauren Zephro and Alison Galloway

Chapter 7: Skull Shots: Forensic Photography for Anthropologists
Lauren Zephro and Alison Galloway

Chapter 8: The Peer Review Process: Expectations and Responsibilities
Kristen Hartnett-McCann, Laura Fulginiti, Alison Galloway, and Katherine TaylorXX

Chapter 9: The United States Justice System and Forensic Anthropology: Preparing for Court
Daniel G. Martin and Laura C. Fulginiti

Chapter 10: Litigation Graphics in the Courtroom Presentation of Forensic Anthropology
Gary Hodges

Chapter 11: Maintaining Independence in an Adversarial System: Expert Witness Testimony in Forensic Anthropology
Eric J. Bartelink, Laura Fulginiti, Alison Galloway and Katherine M. Taylor

Chapter 12: Valuing Your Time: Appropriate Calculation of Fees and Expenses as an Expert Witness
Alison Galloway, Eric Bartelink and Kristen Hartnett-McCann



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