|Article Type:||Book review|
|Subject:||Books (Book reviews)|
|Publication:||Name: The Forensic Examiner Publisher: American College of Forensic Examiners Audience: Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Law; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 American College of Forensic Examiners ISSN: 1084-5569|
|Issue:||Date: Fall, 2008 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 3|
|Topic:||NamedWork: Legal Ease (Book)|
|Persons:||Reviewee: Campbell, Andrea; Ohm, Ralph C.|
By Andrea Campbell and Ralph C. Ohm
Only a part of the forensic examiner's professional life is spent investigating evidence or interpreting test results--most experts in this field are also called into the courtroom. Andrea Campbell and Ralph C. Ohms Legal Ease is an excellent primer on navigating the criminal justice system.
Divided into three parts, Part One works through an explanation of criminal law. The authors delve into the law itself, how it came about, and how most crimes are defined.
Part Two examines criminal procedure and evidence. Chapters are devoted to police officers, arrests, rights of the accused, and the perspective of the prosecutor.
Part Three covers a simple timeline of the judicial process from arrest, to trial, to the rights of the convicted prisoner. This section also includes a chapter highlighting the differences in the juvenile judicial process.
Campbell and Ohm have put together a methodical overview of the justice system, giving special attention to legal procedure with which every forensic professional should be familiar. The authors also employ fascinating and high-profile cases as models as they address important legal concepts. Their tone does not shy away from humor, ensuring that the reader will find the book as enjoyable as it is informative.
For additional information on legal issues within the field of forensics, be sure to check out ACFEI's Certified Forensic Consultant, CFC, program.
Andrea Campbell, DABFE, is a Fellow with the American College of Forensic Examiners and has been a member since 1994. She holds a degree in criminal justice. Campbell is the author of many books including Forensic Science: Evidence, Clues, and Investigation and Rights of the Accused. She lives in Arkansas with her husband, Michael, and she has two sons who are in college.
Ralph C. Ohm is a Municipal Judge for Hot Springs, Arkansas, and holds a Juris Doctor degree. He is a member of the American, Arkansas, and Garland County Bar Association. Ralph lives with his family in Lonsdale, Arkansas.
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