Microscopic Trace Evidence – The Overlooked Clue

Palenik, S. (1997) Microscopic Trace Evidence – The Overlooked Clue. Minnesota Microscopy Society.

Presented on: 5/20/1997

Because of national and local news coverage it is difficult not to be aware of the role of trace evidence in many court proceedings. Often the evidence appears to be overwhelming as reported but clearly not conclusive based
on the court decisions. This talk will present a number of case histories which hinged on the identification and analysis of microtraces of materials. The case histories will be used to illustrate the procedure, possibilities, and pitfalls in such work.


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