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Beering, Peter S. Pre-Trial Events. January, 1992.

Abstract: This article is in outline form and summarizes the fire investigator's role during pre-trial events. It includes suggestions for dealing with the media. Sample statements for answering questions are provided, as well as comments that should not be made to the media. Procedures for holding a press conference are explained.

The article explains the two ways to charge a suspect with the crime of arson. The charge should not be based on the immediate arrest. This does not allow investigators or prosecutors time to adequately prepare the case. Obtaining a warrant first, before the arrest, gives prosecutor's more time to examine the details of the case.

The procedure for presenting cases to the prosecutor's office is provided with a list of all materials that should be given to the prosecutor for examination.

The last section of the article explains the investigator's role once the charges have been filed. The investigator should conduct follow-up interviews, review documents and records, and investigate the alibi of the charged suspect.

 
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