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Computer Evidence: Collection and Preservation, Second Edition by Christopher L. T. Brown

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Human Forces

As in humans, the forces that act on digital evidence from humans come in all shapes and sizes and can affect evidence in various ways. Remember that forensics investigators are included in the human force of evidence dynamics.

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A common scenario used to describe the human effects on evidence in crime scene processing is that of the emergency medical technician (EMT) at the scene of a murder. The EMT attempts to save the life of a gunshot-wound victim, who later dies. The EMT most likely leaves footprints all around the victim’s body. The EMT also may have moved items in the immediately surrounding area in an effort to save the ...

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