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#spring23 In forensics, how do you know when to look into something or when to leave it alone or how to gage its significance?

I love forensics and I always get caught up in the details that don't really have significance in the case, but I'm not sure how to tell if a detail is significant in that particular matter.

Thank you comment icon Look up cases on crime tv a perez
Thank you comment icon Hi a perez! Interesting suggestion! Are there appropriate channels or shows to explore on crime tv that would give Jeryana an accurate perspective? Sharyn Grose, Admin
Thank you comment icon Real tv crime reporting and news and dateline and YouTube example from daily mail that’s shows in tv or website or news or web search Cops finally reevaluate 'suicide' case These are reality shows and documentary shows and she can find the info herself but didn’t we talk about why you question a general sentence that really means nothing she gets a general idea so your comment is illogical she gets a sense of it from documentaries or made for tv crime dramas but your site flags the words and does not want it stated The way it is so I gave her a general sanitized pg rating now you question me and make it seem like I did not give her good advice when I gave her the sanitized version for the field she wants and now you want me to give her” {the real } perspective” a perez
Thank you comment icon Hi a perez, this is good info to give an idea of some good sources. Thanks! Sharyn Grose, Admin

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Kevin’s Answer

When I would conduct investigations, whether a burglary, homicide, sexual assault, etc, I tried to not only prove theories, but at times disprove some as well. You must look at the investigation as a whole, and determine what is "possible" and what is "improbable". Keeping this in mind, all aspects of the investigation must be turned over to defense, even if it is not used in an arrest or at trial. Much of this is learned thru experience.
As you hone your skills, you'll be able to "read" a crime scene and determine what is, or could be, relevant evidence.
Hope this answers your question. Good luck!
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gabriel’s Answer

This advice is mainly applicable for computer forensics.... which I assume is what this question is about. Forensics is an efficiency game - the biggest problem with forensics is that there is never enough expertise to go around. You need to focus on being very efficient at task completion - unless the investigation lead is asking you to look into it you are better off focusing on task completion. To maintain focus try the following:

Relevance: Always consider whether the detail or evidence is directly related to the case at hand. If not you should move on.
Probative value: Assess the potential of the evidence to prove or disprove a fact or theory in the case. If the detail can help establish a timeline, identify (or exclude) a suspect, or provide insight into the motive or method of the crime, it is significant, if not then its not.
Credibility: Evaluate the source and authenticity of the evidence. Does the detail comes from a reliable source and can be verified or corroborated by other evidence?

It is essential to maintain a balance between thoroughness and efficiency in forensic investigations, however it's really crucial not to get caught up in insignificant details which can waste time and resources. As you gain more experience in the field, you'll develop a better sense of which details are likely to be important and which ones can be set aside.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much. This is really helpful. Jeryana
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a’s Answer

Look at scene see what is out of the ordinary snd not logical one case had a woman who allegedly suffocated herself but by experts looking at scene noticed the very dark marks in her neck but if she did do it herself she would have isssed out before she died and let go of item she used to choke herself so the deep bruises showed someone had been choking her and applying enough to do it
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