THE FOOTPRINT AND FOOTWEAR EVIDENCE - 77785

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How to preserve and photograph the evidence and how to cast the impressions

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The impression that is left by a person in the earth as they walk is known as a footprint. This can be made by either bare foot or a shoe on a soft or semi-soft earth and they can last for a few minutes up to hundreds of years (Abbott, 1964). The prosecution typically uses the marks as an aid in proving that an individual was at least present at a certain crime scene and could have committed the crime. Footprints can offer great assistance to the prosecution in fortifying a criminal conviction even though they are not as much inimitable as fingerprints or evidence that can be obtained from DNA.

There are three important things needed for a footprint evidence to be effective since it would be a hard task to prove that someone is guilty of a crime by relying on their footprints only. A photograph, plater mold, or print of the original and untainted footprints is one of the most important things. The other two include the real shoe or mold of a foot that belongs to the defendant as well as an expert witness that can testify to the connection, beyond any reasonable doubt, between the two (Bodziak, 1969). At any