Due Date: 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday of Unit 3
One of the goals of using proper systematic methodology when examining a fire scene is to allow it to
hold up to scrutiny during any judicial proceedings. Precedent setting court cases set the example for
what is considered â€œproperâ€ conduct. One of the landmark cases in the field of Fire Investigation is
â€œMichigan v Tylerâ€ which was decided in 1978.
ï‚· Read the supreme court case, Michigan v. Tyler, in the Readings and Resources section.
o This case is testing the limits of constitutional rights under the fourth amendment. What is
the fourth amendment and, in this case, how does it apply to the fire investigator?
o What are three different legal ways that a fire investigator can enter a scene to collect
evidence? Provide examples of each.
o Do you feel the initial entry into the scene after the fire was legal and appropriate? What
about the return the next morning?
o Imagine you could go back in time and work with Chief See and Detective Webb on this
investigation. As a group, what would you recommend you do differently?
ï‚· Minimum three pages in length, excluding the Title and Reference page.
ï‚· APA format, including an in-text citation for referenced works.
ï‚· At least two resources.
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and the Judiciary
CRJ344 â€“ Fire & Arson
Evaluation Rubric for Fire Investigation and the Judiciary Assignment
CRITERIA Deficient Needs
(0-38 points) (39-51 points) (52-64 points) (65 points)
Content Does not cover
are not supported
paper is seriously
lacking in content
Does not do an
adequate job of
coverage of the
coverage of the
(0-5 points) (6-7 points) (8-9 points) (10 points)
Resources No resources
Includes at least 1
Includes at least 2
than 2 resources.
Paper Length Less than one
page. Does not
Does not meet the
(0-8 points) (9-11 points) (12-14 points) (15 points)
Writing and APA