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  • The rules that must be followed during the collection of evidence. The process includes chronologically documenting where the evidence was retrieved, the person or persons who had custody of the evidence, and where it was transferred, stored, and analyzed. In a criminal case, this log is especially important to preserve the integrity of the evidence and preclude allegations of evidence tampering. For more information, see Giannelli (1983).

    10.4135/9781412972024.n338

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