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ANT 3520
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Katie Rubin

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Ethics in Forensic Sciences
Ethics
oThe discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and
obligation
oA set of moral principles: a theory or system of moral values
oThe principles of conduct governing an individual or a group
oA criminalist who tells the truth and is of good moral character will not run
into any ethical problems
But is this always true?
Are their morals in line with the ethics of the field?
Code of ethics
oA written set of rules that an organization lab, office, class, agrees to
follow
oWhy is it important to have a code of ethics?
Gives credibility to the field
oAlso used to prevent professional heresy, avoid litigation, and keep
individuals from embarrassing the organization.
oAren’t morals enough?
No!
Morals can vary and they are not written down
Morals do provide the based for many codes of ethics
oAAFS CODE OF ETHICS
http://www.aafs.org/
oLegal opinion – involves the interpretation of and inferences from law and
can be challenged on legal grounds

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Ethics in Forensic Sciences • Ethics o The discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation o A set of moral principles: a theory or system of moral values o The principles of conduct governing an individual or a group o A criminalist who tells the truth and is of good moral character will not run into any ethical problems  But is this always true? • Are their morals in line with the ethics of the field? • Code of ethics o A written set of rules that an organization lab, office, class, agrees to follow o Why is it important to have a code of ethics?  Gives credibility to the field o Also used to prevent professional heresy, avoid litigation, and keep individuals from embarrassing the organization. o Aren’t morals enough?  No!  Morals can vary and they are not written down  Morals do provide the based for many codes of ethics o AAFS CODE OF ETHICS  http://www.aafs.org/ o Legal opinion – involves the interpretation o
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