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Presenting Fingerprint Comparisons in Court using Forensic Comparison Software

This video gives the fingerprint technician some ideas on how to present a Fingerprint Comparison result to the court that looks professional. To accomplish this...

Assessing the reliability of a clothing-based forensic identification

According to the testimony of FBI forensic analysts, the patterns seen on denim are reliably unique and can be used to identify a suspect in surveillance footage. A paper published this week puts denim-pattern analysis through its paces, finding that it isn’t particularly good at matching up identical pairs of jeans—and may create a number of “false alarm” errors to boot.

U.S. Justice Department Issues Draft Guidance Regarding Expert Testimony and Lab Reports in Forensic Science

The U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday 3rd June 2016, the release of draft guidance documents governing the testimony and reports of the department’s forensic...

How Making A Murderer Will Change The Way We Think About Justice

Making a Murderer, the hugely popular Netflix documentary series, is predicted to change the way in which mainstream society interprets and discusses the law. Professor...

Man freed after 20 years for a murder he didn’t commit based on a wrong fingerprint identification

Beniah Dandridge was released on October 1st after the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) presented evidence showing that he is innocent of the murder for which he...

Court: Fingerprints alone don’t prove possession of a firearm

Fingerprints found on a weapon should not have automatically led to the conviction of a felon for illegally being in possession of a firearm,...

New Book “Unfair: The justice system is broken, can science fix it?”

THE criminal justice system is flawed. Many of its key assumptions about human nature lack evidence. Deep-set prejudices make it hard for some defendants...

Ex-NFL star Hernandez convicted of murder, sentenced to life

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting,...

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Guilty in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

BOSTON — After 11 hours of deliberations over two days, a federal jury on Wednesday found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a failing college student and the...

Canadian judge admonished for doing too much fingerprint homework

A judge in British Columbia has been admonished for stepping “into the fray” by conducting independent research about the reliability of fingerprint evidence found...

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