Review Questions 1. What is forensic science? The application of science to the criminal justice system 2. What three tasks or responsibilities does a forensic scientist have? Three responsibilities of a forensic scientist are collect and analyze evidence, and train other law enforcement or officials in how to record and collect evidence 3. What criteria might be used to establish someone as an expert witness? Criteria used to establish an expert witness might be the person’s degrees, and the number of years of experience that that person has in the field 4.
What are two of the ways that a forensic pathologist might use to help determine the time of death? Two ways a forensic scientist can determine the time of death are algor mortis and liver mortis 5. What does a forensic anthropologist do? Specializes in the identification and examination of skeletal remains Critical Thinking Questions 1. Why do you think it is so important to use proper methods when collecting evidence from a crime scene? The criminal could get away because you didn’t use proper methods to collect evidence, which could lead to another crime 2.
Why do you think forensic science has been increasingly used by the criminal justice system? They use science in an investigation so on a court system it isn’t “person A” against the criminal, there would be proof and evidence 3. Which of the forensic scientist’s responsibilities do you think would be the most challenging? Why? I feel like the hardest responsibility would be finding evidence at a scene. Sometimes criminals wear gloves so there would be no finger prints, so you would have to look for tire tracks or foot prints, making the investigation even harder. . Which of the forensic scientist’s responsibilities do you think would be the most interesting to you? Why? I feel that the most interesting responsibility would be gathering and examining the evidence because I am one to wonder how things work and how things fit together like a puzzle. An investigation is similar to a puzzle. 5. Which of the specialty areas do you think you would most like to work in? Why? I would want to specialize in forensic pathology because determining the time and cause of death you be really interesting to me