Posted: November 27th, 2013
What Justice Means to Me
According to the English dictionary, justice means fairness, the administration of law according to the law, principles put in place, or the execution of a punishment in proportion to the crime committed (Legal Dictionary, n.d.). Furthermore, justice can be subdivided into the different sectors that it should be applied. For example, justice should be done in the forensic field of criminal justice. Forensics is the study of materials related to a material crime in order to be used as evidence in a criminal court. This includes studying, cops, fingerprints, blood samples, and other materials either found in the crime scene or suspected to be connected to the particular crime. Justice is going the extra mile in doing the right thing.
Picking of any material in a crime scene or even outside a crime scene but thought to be relevant, analyzing it and coming up with a conclusion based on facts without any compromise is just. This evidence should be presented to the court in order to help the judicial department co me up with a fair conclusion to a case. Many are times that forensic scientists overlook a certain concept or fail to do a proper examination over particular evidences presented. Unfortunately, some of these assumptions can make a whole difference in a case. One of the things that bring about such assumptions or carelessness is the getting of the “usuals”, especially to those working in crime laboratory forensics (Nude, 2011).
Justice is when one refuses to be influenced by the “high and mighty” in order to give a false report on a particular specimen. We all know that money can do many things including putting into existence things that do not exist or eliminating existing evidence. In addition, other blackmailing techniques are normally used in order to manipulate some corrupt scientists who. Giving false DNA results can make an innocent suspect suffer for the rest of his life, or they may make a criminal go scot-free. In both cases, justice will not have been done (James & Nordby, 2009).
Justice is done when a scientist takes time in a case instead of hurriedly rushing through it. Most of the suspects’ fate depends on the repot produced by the forensics. On the other hand, the victims also depend on this same report. Copses should be thoroughly examined in order to know the cause of death. Many are the times a person dies of one thing but found in a different state. For example, many people have been murdered especially by close people to them then hang as to appear that they committed suicide (Fridell, 2007).
Justice is done when the right punishment is given to a particular offence due to the correct examination and analysis given by the forensic department. The proper examination of a bullet, the gun used (if found) and the size of the wound can be able to determine the distance which a shooter was at the time of the shooting. The side of the bullet wound can also tell which hand the shooter used. Failure to disclose such findings or the exaggeration of such details can make a whole difference in a case (Fridell, 2007).
Most of the criminal judgments made in courts are highly based on the forensic evidence given. As mentioned earlier, this can greatly determine the fate of a particular individual. It also determines other jurisdictions carried out in the future. It is only just that a particular scientist carries out his/her duties as required in order to make sure that justice has been done. It is also important for him or her to do tests on all the evidence without assuming or basing the conclusion on other tests done. Justice is also done when one sets a positive example to the others. If one finds that something is normally done half way or people just give up when they hit a dead end, it is good to go the extra mile. As mostly put, what goes around comes around and it might be your turn to need the forensic evidence next time (James & Nordby, 2009).
Fridell, R. (2007). Forensic Science. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Lerner Publications Company.
James, S. H. & Nordby, J. J (2009). Forensic science: an introduction to scientific and investigative techniques. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
Legal Dictionary.(n.d.). The Free Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/justice
Nute, D. (2011). Advice about a Career in Forensic Science. School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Florida State University. Retrieved from http://www.criminology.fsu.edu/faculty/nute/FScareers.html
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