The Role Of Forensic Toxicology On Ancient China

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Forensic science has been around for centuries, although not in the form we are familiar with today. Throughout history, we see use of forensic toxicology in ancient Greece poisoning deaths and the use of fingerprinting as identification in ancient China. We can look back and see the development of a system used by French police in the 1870’s called anthropometry. This system, developed by Alphonse Bertillon, used a person’s physical measurements at the time of arrest as a way to identify them in future crimes. As science evolved in society, so did the area of forensics and the techniques used in identifying suspects and reconstructing crime scenes. It wasn’t until 1984 that DNA was used as a form of identification. Since its inception, DNA has become a focal point for jurors and many cases are not even tried in court due to lack of DNA evidence. Over the past 32 years that DNA identification has been implemented, many mistakes have been made in the collecting and handling processes of this delicate evidence. One of the most publicized cases in which the forensic protocols were completely lacking or even disregarded was the double homicide of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman in which Orenthal J. Simpson was tried and acquitted. The OJ Simpson case became a what-not-to-do in crime scene processing. Because the use of DNA in crime scenes was in its infancy, many of the stringent protocols followed today did not exist. Since the science was in its early stages, many

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