HOW RELIABLE IS FINGER PRINT IDENTIFICATION?

The author of the following article – Simon A. Cole – come to the conclusion that there must be accounted for errors in latent finger print identification. He makes out a strong case for his hypothesis and quotes several cases where errors were committed. The article also serves as good material for cross examination of expert witnesses on finger print identification. He refer to american case law on this point and show how the american courts differentiate between methodological errors and human errors. He strongly critisizes this distinction. The article refer to steps taken in America and other countries to ensure reliable results, eg obtaining more than one analysis, stringent testing of people involved, independant analysis, exclusionary analysis, etc. He strongly critisizes the stance of the finger print expert community that there can be no room for error in the methodology and that the safety measures for ensuring zero human error are sufficient.

More than Zero- Accounting for Error in Latent Fingerprint Identi

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