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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-05-2009, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Dog Scent Line Ups

ive never heard of them but apparently this guy got falsely accused because of them...is this really a legitiment way to get evidence...i understand the power of dogs in the police force but this seems a little hokey to me.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/05/...rss_topstories


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-05-2009, 01:36 PM
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Re: Dog Scent Line Ups

It is semi-legit. As the article basically says, dogs need some kind of record keeping to track real accuracy along with tests/trials/certifications. Nothing of the sort exists. I've know of a few hounds that had excellent tracking and discrimination abilities. I'd hardly say flawless though. I've also know someone that couldn't find a potroast if it was sitting in front of them.

Until there is some kind of tests/trials/certs for all trackers, at least court admissible evidence then I think it is bunk to try to use it in court. If I was a member of a jury, or heck a criminal prosecutor I'd be willing to put some faith in, say a 97% accuracy rating...but if the dog has a 74% accuracy rating the best I'd use that for is maybe suspecting a person, but that isn't hard evidence (hell a 97% isn't hard evidence if it is the ONLY evidence when convicting someone of murder. If there is other stuff to back it up, sure, but not without).
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^ yea...about the only thing that could bring him into resonable suspecion is that he was the neighbor of the victim...there was plenty of reason to believe that the dog could have picked up his sent somewhere in the area


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