English 中文网 漫画网 爱新闻iNews 翻译论坛
当前位置: Language Tips > 专家点评

Tampering with evidence

[ 2012-11-21 10:16] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
免费订阅30天China Daily双语新闻手机报:移动用户编辑短信CD至106580009009

Tampering with evidenceThe police is accused of tampering with the evidence.

My comments:

If you read Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple or some other detective stories, you’ll often find people saying: “Don’t touch anything” at a crime scene.

That is because every piece of object at the scene of the crime can be very useful in that it may provide a vital clue as to who has committed the crime and how it’s been done.

In other words, everything there may be later used as “evidence” – information used in the courtroom to prove someone’s guilt of a crime.

If you “tamper with evidence”, then you deliberately touch, move or damage something found at the crime scene, usually with the intent of misleading the investigation.

Now, if the police are accused of tampering with the evidence, then it is they who are accused of harboring that ulterior motive. For example, they have someone in mind and want to frame him – so they tamper with the evidence to give the appearance of that someone committing the crime.

Fortunately, most legal systems have stipulations that simply outlaw tampered evidences being accepted in court as, well, evidence.

Related stories:

A single roll of the dice


From strength to strength

Town Hall format

An Irish goodbye

In the wind


kicking up a fuss about

The coin of the realm

Toy with the idea of


Go with the moment

One throat to choke

Miss the boat


Spotting and eliminating "pork"

All Greek to me

Have sth on the fire

Hard sell

Sold-out house

All bark and no bite

Leave money on the table

Boots on the ground


Boots on the ground

Common thread

A fact of life

Leave no stone unturned

Train wreck

Keep up with Joneses

Finishing touch

No great shakes

Warts and all

Catch -22 situation

Pull-up trey

I'm sold


Sit on its hands

Casing the joint

Free rein

Bear the brunt of

Cross one’s path

Tribute projects

Off the beaten track

Go to Zhang Xin's column


About the author:

Zhang Xin(张欣) has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.