Monday, March 4, 2013

Is Forensics Law?

The Center for Internet and Society offers an interesting article, "... Forensic science or “forensics” refers to the use of science and technology to investigate and establish facts in connection with crimes or civil wrongs. It includes everything from the magnifying glass of yesteryear to today's handheld sensor that can detect whether a body is buried under the ground. Its basic mechanism is to turn the scene of a crime into a crime scene, i.e., to convert the ordinary stuff of life into clues and evidence. Like traffic light cameras, forensics makes crimes harder to get away with. But unlike standard secondary architecture, forensics does so after the fact. Sometimes long after the fact, as when brand new techniques permit investigators to reopen cold cases ..."

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