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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-07-2011, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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I never thought about it much, I guess. It looks to me like the cadaver dog indication is being presented as evidence that a cadaver was once in a trunk.

I guess I just thought of dog indications as a probable cause thing whereby search could be initiated for physical evidence.

Never really thought about the indication itself being presented as evidence by the prosecution. How does that work? The defense is going to challenge the validity of this big time, I imagine!
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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 06-07-2011, 04:35 PM
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The alert of a human remains detector dog constitutes REASONABLE SUSPICION ONLY. Not probable cause. The alert can be used as evidence however. That is why I preach to civilians to properly train, proof, keep training records, obtain proper certifications etc. EVERY unattended death is treated as a homicide until the evidence proves otherwise.
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Very interesting seeing this presented as evidence. Obviously the details of the dogs training and performance overall are very important. Does this means some dogs present more "credible" evidence than others?


Wow...just heard dog evidence can overturn a case depending on the reliability of the dog.

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Does this means some dogs present more "credible" evidence than others?
Without question - yes. As Ms Rene said, document, document, document. I may have added a couple "documents" but only because it is extremely important.

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Dog handler training is obviously more technical than I realized before.

There was discussion today regarding videotaping the dog working a scene. In this case there was no video. What are the pros and cons of taping?
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In this case there was no video. What are the pros and cons of taping?
A big con would be influencing a jury who may not know enough, or too much about canine behavior.
I'd hope the accuracy of the dog and handler were explored if used as evidence.
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I watched the court proceedings with the dog handler, I must say he held his own very well.

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http://http://www.tampabay.com/news/...cle1165295.ece

Can someone explain what the article is saying? I must no longer be able to read for understanding!
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I've been following the Casey Anthony case down in Florida. I know they're into the evidence of the trunk, garbage bag, air samples, whatever. Are there plans to present the cadaver dog's indication in this trial? I forgot what the judge ruled in preliminary trial.

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http://http://www.tampabay.com/news/...cle1165295.ece

Can someone explain what the article is saying? I must no longer be able to read for understanding!
Link doesn't work.

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