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False impressions

Back in 1991, John O'Connor sat in the federal courtroom in Kansas City, Kan., listening to what seemed damning fingerprint evidence against his client.

The expert witness had examined a latent print, that is, one left on the getaway motorcycle by the bank robber, and had identified 10 points of similarity between the latent and a fingerprint taken from O'Connor's client, Jeffrey Jenkins.

But O'Connor had something many defense attorneys never even reach for: a pocketful of seeds of doubt.

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Fingerprints: Tips

Some fingerprint examiners aid defense attorneys by reviewing fingerprint evidence. For instance, when a defense attorney asks for help, Pat Wertheim sends a letter that, in part, requires the following: High-quality photos, scans or images on disk of all the ...

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Fingerprints: Questions to ask

1. How long did it take you to find these points of similarity? 2. How many points of similarity are sufficient for you to declare something a match? 3. Did the verifying examiner know of your findings before doing his ...

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Evidence expert to offer CLE in Mo. next month

A national expert on what constitutes solid forensic evidence will be in St. Louis next week to teach lawyers about the standards and future of expert testimony. Edward Imwinkelried, a law professor at University of California-Davis, wrote the book “Scientific ...

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Evidence expert to offer CLE in Mo. next month

A national expert on what constitutes solid forensic evidence will be in St. Louis next week to teach lawyers about the standards and future of expert testimony. Edward Imwinkelried, a law professor at University of California-Davis, wrote the book “Scientific ...

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