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Computer Crime: Expert Witness Manual

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U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Computer Crime: Expert Witness Manual (1980) (full-text).

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This Manual examines many of the issues,factors and obstacles which may surface in the use of expert witnesses in computer-related crime cases.

It is a simple, easy-to-understand reference tool that guides those individuals who need the assistance of experts in computer-related crime investigations and prosecutions. It outlines how someone should proceed in the expert's selection. The Manual also details the economics that should be considered in the selection of an expert. It suggests sources which can be employed to tap an expert, and how best to use these resources.

Further, the Manual details how best to employ and manage an expert. It proceeds to define the legal powers of the expert, and the potential legal liabilities that can ensue from the expert's activities. This Manual should prove of special value not only to investigators, but also prosecutors and defense attorneys: it outlines the economics of using computer experts at both the pretrial and trial stages.

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