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Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Fingerprint evidence a matter of impression?

New Zealand criminal lawyer Don Mathias runs a great blog both on Blogger and WordPress.

Hat-tip to Don for Evidence of fingerprint matches, mentioning an article in New Scientist on 22 March 2010, Fingerprint evidence to harden up at last.

Essentially, it's about the potential for human error in the process of comparing fingerprints and concluding they're the same. The article refers to a US National Academy of Sciences report on USA forensic services — a free version is available online here — which resulted in reviews of statistical reliability of fingerprint evidence, similarly to that used for DNA evidence.

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