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Chapter two of Critical Thinking analyzed and expounded on what evidence is and how to effectively interpret it. To determine the reliability of evidence, one must utilize the five tests of evidence which include: sufficient, relevant, accurately reported, omitting, and conflicting evidence. In the movie, A Few Good Men, Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, a U.S. Navy lawyer is faced with a tough case and must prove that two U.S. marines (Dawson and Downey) are being innocently accused of poisoning and killing PFC Santiago. Throughout the movie, A Few Good Men, the aspects of accurately reported, omitting and conflicting evidence are violated and or affirmed.
The test of accurately reported evidence is present amidst evidence from Dr. Stone, Lieutenant Kendrick, and PFC Santiago. When Dr. Stone testified on behalf of PFC Santiago’s death, he bases it off of his experience as a medical doctor. He reports that in his professional opinion, poison was the leading contributor to PFC Santiago’s death. Consequently, it was not a statement of fact, thus it was violated. In addition, the evidence provided by Kendrick is not accurately reported. Before the court case, Lieutenant Kendrick had ordered Dawson and Downey a code red, resulting in PFC Santiago’s death. On the day he testified, he stated a lie, saying that he did not order a code red. However, he did order a code red, falsely reporting evidence. Robert McGuire truthfully admitted that he had received the letters from PFC Santiago reporting a fence line shooting, who was a primary witness. In that event, the evidence is considered accurately reported because PFC Santiago was present during the shooting. In addition to accurately reported evidence, omitting evidence is also presented.

The test of omitting evidence was prevalent throughout the evidence given by Dr. Stone, Kaffee and Kendrick. In a previous medical examination, Dr. Stone reported that PFC Santiago had shortness of breath, but he omitted that vital piece of information out when he provided his opinion on the cause of death because it would have supported Kaffee’s theory that lactic acidosis or another cause could have killed Santiago. Another instance of omitting evidence was the flight log that Kaffee possessed. When in conversation with Markinson, Kaffee had learned that the...

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