Figure 18-1 shows our old friend Activity (from Chapter 7 of this book) as a component of something known in the criminal justice community as a Case. A case is the set of Activities expended to solve a particular crime or other malfeasance. The term also encompasses the court case that follows an arrest. Examples could include one with Case Number “98743” and the Description: Investigation of the murder discovered June 23, 2008 at 24738 Mulholland Drive”. Once a suspect(s) has been arrested and brought to trial, the prosecution and trial have a separate Case Number, with a description such as “Prosecution of John Smith for the murder of Mary Smith”.

Each Case is usually composed of one or more Activities, which, during an investigation, ...

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