Do You Know: Not all fingerprint identification expert
examiners are equal. Due to the vagaries of the disparate training requirements for Latent Print Examiners, some are well
qualified, unfortunately, others are not suitably trained, trained at all, or qualified. Such is life for the fingerprint
identification discipline and the US legal system.
What does this mean for the attorney utilizing the services
of a fingerprint identification expert, or facing a fingerprint identification expert? This will depend on which table you
are sitting at and whether the fingerprint expert witness is appearing as a witness for, or against your case.
A thorough impartial evaluation of the latent evidence
and all other relevant facts are necessary to independently assess the good, the bad and the ugly of the fingerprint identification
evidence, palmprint identification evidence or the footprint identification evidence.
Any case review should always be undertaken by a suitably
trained, experienced and qualified fingerprint expert, not a psuedo fingerprint expert. Consideration should be given to the
utilization of a CLPE - Certified Latent Print Examiner and/or a FFS - Fellow of the Fingerprint Society.
This will ensure
that the above requirements should be suitably fulfilled.
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