Questioned Documents Review
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What are questioned documents?
Any form of communication that's suspect to origins or authenticity
List the different types of examinations that can be performed by a QD examiner.
- Handwriting comparisons
- Writing instruments
- Printing devices
State the two principles that form the basis for forensic handwriting analysis and comparison.
- 1. No two individuals write the same
- 2. No person writes the exact same twice
Provide examples of several class characteristics of handwriting.
- General letter shaoe
List and recognize several individualizing handwriting features.
- Beginning and ending strokes
- Letter connections
- Height ratios
- Spacing of letters
- Baseline characteristics
- Pen pressure
- Unusual letter forms
- Pen lifts
- Punctuation style
List the cautionary steps when collecting QD evidence.
- Don't fold or cut
- Don't staple or paperclip
- Don't use plastic
- Don't write on or mark
- Don't process for fingerprints
- Use cardboard folders
Explain the difference between a requested and non-requested handwriting sample.
- - court ordered
- - voluntary
Define: alteration, erasure and obliteration.
- - an addition
- - a subtraction
- - a destruction
Provide examples of QD evidence that can be analyzed by the VSC.
Any kind of QD where an alteration, erasure or obliteration may have occured
Provide an example of QD evidence that can be analyzed by the EDA.
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