Discussion Questions

  1. What are the ways in which documents can be authenticated, according to the text?

  2. Explain self-authentication. Give examples from the text.

  3. Explain the best evidence rule. What is it? What is it not? How does this rule relate to hearsay?

  4. Is real evidence protected by the Fifth Amendment? Why or why not?

  5. What foundation must be in place before real evidence may be admitted in court? Explain each requirement.

  6. Give examples and brief explanations of the six types of real evidence named in the text.

  7. Name and explain the types of demonstrative evidence named in the text.

  8. Explain "syndromes" and give examples.

  9. Explain the difference between criminal profiles and the investigative technique of criminal profiling.

  10. According to the text, what are the common characteristics of drug couriers? What type of evidence is this? Is it admissible?

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