"Investigation, particularly death investigation, is often a multi-faceted team approach." - a look at continuing education from our friends at PI Education.
Private investigators provide a number of important functions related to Equivocal Death Investigations (EDI). The primary considerations are incident related concerns. These include incident scene photography (including video) and investigation, evidence collection in some cases and evidence review, evidence analysis and expert referrals, complete party – involved persons – workups and statement acquisition, including analysis of present and past statements, and review of discovery and disclosures. This process is part of the overall goal of litigation and trial support for the intended purpose of developing and supporting the legal strategy of the client. This process is conducted and completed by following five basic steps: Prepare, Inquire, Analyze, Document and Report, as discussed later.
This article is a small excerpt from Medicolegal Death Investigations for Private Investigators, an online continuing education course for private investigators available at PIeducation.com http://pieducation.com/catalog/about-medico-legal-death-investigations.shtml
We were in San Antonio, for a great TALI conference - despite the circumstances of Hurricane Harvey developing, and then hitting Texas during the conference. It was not bad where we were. Some attendees left Thursday, and many decided to leave Friday and Saturday to return to their homes. Before the conference, several attendees and speakers cancelled. TALI, and the attendees, came together to put on a great conference. It was the beginning of what we would see all of Texas do for each other.
We planned to stay a few extra days to see the sights and visit Karen’s relatives. Some of our tourist time was disrupted by high winds and some rain – San Antonio was in the eye of the hurricane. We did get in a couple days and our visits. In those final two days – with a crowd of ‘refugees’ stranded at the hotel due to highway and Houston airport closures, we began to hear of friends and colleagues from TALI / NALI. Most reported being okay, from no losses to minor. Then other news began coming in as more finally made it to their homes and businesses – or what was. Though most are reporting safe, some losses, others are reporting devastation.
At this time we can offer little, except our thoughts and prayers. I know many were offering beds, food, MREs, animal boarding, etc. We had no idea what to do from Colorado... and still wished we could. TALI answered the call, as did many members, non-members and other associations.
You can help, anything and everything helps – this was the most damaging natural disaster in US history - www.gofundme.com/tali-disaster-relief-fund
Several group members are also members of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators - and some of you are frequently at their conferences. We saw some at the TALI conference in San Antonio when Hurricane Harvey hit.
Please consider supporting TALI - this is legit and will go to the very best in help and support. No matter where you are, you can help. As of 09/04/2017 - $9,220 of their $10,000 goal has been raised by 49 people, an average of about $190 per donation. Many more are sending their donations directly to TALI – so only TALI has the full numbers. If you are more comfortable sending directly to TALI, or have any personal or professional help to offer – please email TALI Executive Director Carla Hunt firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
TOGETHER WE'RE BETTER!
“The Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI) has started a relief fund for association members impacted by Hurricane Harvey. As the effects of Harvey have not yet been realized, TALI is anticipating numerous and substantial requests for assistance from its members, many still caught in the throes of this disaster. There is no minimum or maximum donation expected, we just ask to give as you feel led. Our thoughts and prayers are with association members and their families during this incredibly difficult time.
TALI is a non-profit, professional association of licensed investigators in Texas. This GoFundMe account is managed by TALI Executive Director Carla Hunt and the TALI Board of Directors. All donations will be distributed a the Board of Directors to TALI members in need. TALI's address is 2951 Marina Bay Drive, Suite 130-564, League City, Texas 77573.
Help spread the word!”
-- "The Role of the Private Investigator in Equivocal Death Investigations" by Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI
-- Will You Help TALI Raise Donations for Hurricane Harvey Relief?
-- Commentary from the blog archives of AFI-LLC
- NEW - Underlying Importance of Equivocal Death Investigations
- How skilled are you at individual locates, backgrounds and assets & liabilities?
- Are you involved in civil or criminal cases involving traumatic injuries or death?
- Experience with Scene Investigations (from Dean - Part II to Karen's Scene Investigations)
- Equivocal Death Analysis and Investigations and Injury Causation Analysis and Investigations
-- Time is money!
-- Global Investigators Media Group (GIMG.tv) Facts & Forensics
-- Expert Affiliations
-- Tidbits From Our Profession
-- Associations and News
-- News From Our Profession
- Prosecutors Withheld the Evidence That Would Have Freed (Toby Sells – The Memphis Flyer)
- Traffic Accident Investigations (by Michael Miranda - MJ Investigations CO / PPIAC)
- Facts, Truth, and Evidence: How to Be Objective (by Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI in Pursuit Magazine)
- Why an eyewitness account alone shouldn't send anyone to prison (from Pursuit Magazine)
- How to Find the 'Hard-to-Find' Defendant (by Mark Murnan, CLI, CCDI - Complete Legal Investigations FL)
- Importance of Investigators in Criminal Cases (from PI Now by Stephanie Irvine)
-- Legislative News You Can Use... from NCISS
-- The Quint-Essential Qualities of a Professional Investigator
-- IN CLOSING...
Together We're Better - Together We Make the Difference!
We provide Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injury, Negligence & Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation. We are Subject Matter Experts in Equivocal Death Investigation and Analysis, Medicolegal Investigations of Death and Serious Bodily Injury.
Based in the Rocky Mountain West, we provide expert consultations nationally. Learn details at www.DeathCaseReview.com
Here is a video explaining what we do and why - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgsvtbSk8fg
"Investigating Death and Serious Bodily Injuries"
FALI is offering, for a limited time, our Investigating Death & Serious Bodily Injuries book, "Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigation for the Professional Investigator," by Dean & Karen Beers.
These are for a limited time! The guide is under revision and will be released this summer for $95 - save 1/3 off the price now at just $70, including shipping with 50% net proceeds going to FALI!
The manual is over 200 pages and begins with the core of the Beers's distance learning course manual. It includes over 20 additional forensic, death and serious bodily injury based articles.
Keep up with the current events of our agency and profession through our blog. Dating back to the fall of 2011, there are dozens of articles, tips and resources for professional investigators.
How skilled are you at individual locates, backgrounds and assets & liabilities? (from 02/17/2012)
Take this quiz, email or fax it to us and we'll send back your grade and answers to see if you need any brushing up, or if you're an 'Ace'! If you're an 'Ace' we'll email you a novelty Certificate of Skills and Knowledge! Its completely free, no catches and just for fun!
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/how-skilled-are-you-at-individual-locates-backgrounds-and-assets-liabilities
Are you involved in civil or criminal cases involving traumatic injuries or death? (from 02/17/2012)
Our course is designed to provide the investigator currently working in, or interested in working in, the death and personal injury investigation fields the knowledge and insight to informatively and intelligently conduct a criminal defense or civil investigation in which serious bodily injury or death is the subject matter of the litigation.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/are-you-involved-in-civil-or-criminal-cases-involving-traumatic-injuries-or-death
Experience with Scene Investigations (from Dean - Part II to Karen's Scene Investigations) (from 03/04/2012)
Karen presented a great article on the importance of scene investigations. In medicolegal investigations - death and injury causation - this is the beginning of the 'autopsy' (from the Greek - 'To see with one's own eyes').
There are several key points to scene investigations:
-- Likely multiple scenes
-- Likely different witness perspectives
-- Likely different investigative perspectives
-- Completing vs. Conducting investigations
What should the attorney, private client or insurance company be prepared for in having an skilled and experienced investigative process?
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/experience-with-scene-investigations-from-dean-part-ii-to-karens-scene-investigations
Equivocal Death Analysis and Investigations and Injury Causation Analysis and Investigations (from 04/02/2012)
One of the most common questions in death investigation is: "Was it a Suicide?". This question may often go unanswered due to lack of sufficient official investigation or attention to evidence. This leaves the possibility of closure for the families impossible, particularly if foul play is suspected, or even an accident. The wrong determination can also result in benefits, such as life insurance or worker compensation, underpaid - or worse, denied.
First, what is ‘Equivocal’?
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/equivocal-death-analysis-and-investigations-and-injury-causation-analysis-and-investigations
Learn how we efficiently multi-task using these tools. Visit this article on our blog at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/time-is-money-multi-tasking-is-time-recovered!
- DropBox - http://dropbox.privateinvestigations.org
- Right Inbox for Gmail - www.rightinbox.com
- Desktop Texting - www.MySMS.com
- Ring Central Faxing - http://fax.privateinvestigations.org
- Ring Central VOIP - http://ringcentral.privateinvestigations.org
- Toll-Free Numbers - http://kall8.privateinvestigations.org (PIs - contact our office for more uses)
- Split View - www.splitview.com
Facts & Forensics
About every other month Dean host a podcast featuring topical information in the areas of legal investigations and forensic investigations. He is joined by his wife and business partner, Karen for 'Conversations with Karen' on special topics of interest. Dean closes each episode with a 'Special Guest' who is an expert in a forensic specialty. Tune in this, and every, month!
All shows are posted at http://gimg.tv - the latest podcast topics include:
Conversations with Karen
Every Contact Leaves a Trace
Is it Homicide or Suicide – Test Your Observation Skills
Special Guest with Dean
Brandon Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER, returns to talk about FTER – Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery
Our next podcast will have updates from the NCISS Mid-Term Board Meeting, the PPIAC Rocky Mountain Investigators Conference, and much more!
We believe that medicolegal investigation and consultation is a team effort. Stephen Cina MD, Harold Schueler PhD, and our agency are affiliated as experts in our respective fields offering our clients comprehensive medicolegal services.
Dr. Cina, based in Colorado, is the former Chief Medical Examiner of Cook County IL.
Dr. Schueler is now a profession at mid-Atlantic university, and is the former Chief Forensic Toxicologist of a large mid-Atlantic metropolitan area.
Contact our office to consult on medicolegal death and injury causation. The CVs of both Dr. Cina and Dr. Schueler are available by Contacting Us
We are proud of our working relationship with Dr. Cina, since 2002 and Dr. Schueler since 2010.
Do you have news of your associations and members to share? Please let us know!
The associations conference season is coming to a close. Stay tuned for upcoming state, national and international association conferences.
National Council of Investigation & Security Services (www.NCISS.org) - 2018 Hit the Hill and Annual Meeting will be held March 19th-21st. Details will follow soon!
Professional Private investigations Association of Colorado (www.PPIAC.org) Monthly meetings are the first Wednesday of each month, usually in the Denver metro area. PPIAC continues to hold specialized training sessions for new and veteran investigators, and also specific to the new licensing program.
National Association of Legal Investigators (www.NALI.com)
NALI is the premier association for legal investigators for civil plaintiff and criminal defense, and oversees the prestigious Certified Legal Investigator (CLI) program. Experience is required to join and all members are subject to a background check.
The current issue of NALI's official journal - The Legal Investigator - is now available online at www.nalionline.org/publications.htm
National Council of Investigation and Security Services (www.NCISS.org)
Each day we find an increasing number of problems confronting the orderly growth of our profession. These problems include, among others: overly restrictive legislation regarding training and standards, proliferation of legislation requiring local licensing, public misunderstanding and misinformation on the role and contribution of private investigators and security services, and an uninformed media. It is the role of NCISS to meet and solve these problems while seeking to uncover and recommend action on any hidden potential problems which may have an effect on our profession.
The current issue of NCISS's official journal - Your Advocate - is available online at www.nciss.org/your-advocate
Special news and alerts are at www.nciss.org/important-nciss-news
NEW!! Members Only Page - www.nciss.org/members-only
State Legislation Awareness Monitoring (SLAM), Membership Directory (PDF), Member contributed articles.
World Association of Detectives (www.WAD.net)
W.A.D. is a global alliance of investigators and security professionals with origins dating back to 1921 and formalized in 1925. W.A.D. is the longest established and largest association of its kind in the world.
Karen is the W.A.D. Administrative Manager, and Dean is the Governor of the Americas (North, Central and South America). Together we work to further the mission of W.A.D. and provide resources to clients needing assistance in these regions. The W.A.D. magazine,
The current issue of WAD's official newletter - Beyond Global - is available online at www.wad.net/newsletters-beyond-global
Additional memberships include FALI, TALI and CALI state associations, as well as specialty specific national associations (see right sidebar). If your association has news, please send it to us for inclusion in our newsletter.
Prosecutors Withheld the Evidence That Would Have Freed
Toby Sells – The Memphis Flyer (contributed by Bill Elliott, CLI – NM)
Prosecutors choose the evidence they hand over to criminal defense attorneys. But federal law (called the Brady Rule) mandates prosecutors hand over any evidence that could help prove the innocence of the accused (called exculpatory evidence). The statements from Carriker and Eskridge — two attorneys who once plotted the other's defeat in a high-profile murder trial — both point to a possible violation of this law.
-- continued at https://m.memphisflyer.com/memphis/the-brady-bunch
Traffic Accident Investigations
by Michael Miranda (MJ Investigations CO / PPIAC)
Traffic accident investigation and reconstructions can determine liability in the event of a traffic collision. Each day across the United States, people and automobiles react unexpectedly, causing thousands of traffic accidents claiming lives or causing permanent injuries. Of the over 6 million police-reported traffic accidents in 2014, there were 29,989 fatal traffic accidents resulting in 32,675 fatalities in the U.S. Over 2 million people were injured with an economic loss estimated at over $242 billion.
-- continued at www.pinow.com/articles/2348/traffic-accident-investigations
Facts, Truth, and Evidence: How to Be Objective
(by Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI in Pursuit Magazine – originally published June 16, 2016)
As investigators, we are not truth seekers, but fact finders. We rarely discover “the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Moreover, although we may discover a lie or two along the way, it’s not up to legal investigators to decide what the “truth” is. It’s up to us to find information, facts, and evidence.
-- continued at http://pursuitmag.com/facts-truth-evidence-objective
Why an eyewitness account alone shouldn't send anyone to prison
(from Pursuit Magazine – www.PursuitMag.com)
Like all evidence, even more so than most, eye witness identification must be verified and corroborated with other evidence - and should not be exclusive, or even primary, evidence.
-- continued at www.philly.com/philly/opinion/editorials/why-an-eyewitness-account-alone-shouldnt-send-anyone-to-prison-20170828.html
How to Find the 'Hard-to-Find' Defendant
(by Mark Murnan, CLI, CCDI - Complete Legal Investigations FL)
You are a plaintiff attorney with a great negligence case. You have a client who is seriously injured, you have established there is coverage, and the adverse defendant is clearly liable for the event that caused the injury. All you need to do is get the defendant served with a summons, and you can begin the settlement process. So far, so good!
-- continued at www.linkedin.com/pulse/3-reasons-your-process-server-cant-find-defendant-mark-murnan
Importance of Investigators in Criminal Cases
(from PI Now – www.PINow.com – by Stephanie Irvine)
When the general public thinks of a private investigator, they may think to common situations in which a PI is hired, including divorce and insurance fraud. What they may not realize, however, is that private investigators often play a critical role in solving criminal cases.
-- continued at www.pinow.com/articles/2366/importance-of-investigators-in-criminal-cases
Legislative Activity Summary for August
With both houses of Congress in recess for most of August - very little happened.
The NCISS lobbyist in DC also watches federal regulations for our investigative and security professions. Recently reported was the "Pay Reporting Rule" has been eliminated. NCISS filed comment with the EEOC, under the previous administration, opposing this rule; specifically the EEOC's undue regulations which would negatively impact ground-level employment decisions. Employers of over 50 will no longer have to detail pay by gender and ethnicity, potentially opening themselves up to wage discrimination suits by the EEOC. Details of this decision will be available soon.
2018 Hit the Hill and Annual Conference - Speakers announced!
NCISS is fortunate to have many members with expertise in multiple investigative and security services disciplines. We appreciate them giving of their time to join us for the Hit the Hill and Annual Meeting events, as well as speak to our group on a variety of important trends and topics important to each of us. The conference committee has recently secured the following speakers. Details of the full schedule and registration will be coming soon!
- Terry Kilburn, CEO
Terry will speak on trends and techniques of effective database use.
- Timothy A. Dimoff, CEO/President
The Escalating Trends of Aggression and Violence Sweeping Our Nation.
- Cynthia Hetherington
Cynthia will speak on the Internet, open sources and database offerings.
Skills Appropriate for the Assignment
Law firms and medical offices specialize - Professional Investigators also specialize. Their casework and continuing education should also be in your specialized areas.
Experience and Knowledge
Professional Investigators strive to maintain and further these. All professions have requirements of continuing education. The CLI and CCDI programs both require extensive compliance with continuing education.
Responsible and Ethical Conduct
Every component of the investigation has evidentiary considerations. Professional Investigators hold themselves to a higher standard and leaves no question as to the admissibility of their evidence. Information without ethics is not evidence.
Professional Investigators maintain communication with the attorney, client, witnesses, and other key persons in the investigation. Moreover, reports are the product of an organized investigation and should reflect the work product you expect.
Keyword - 'Professional'
Honesty, Integrity & Intelligence. These define Professional Investigators and gives you the confidence that your case is in competent and skilled hands.
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