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Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Myth Of Fingerprints, Take 4: Federal Judge Finds Fingerprint Evidence Admissible In Brian Keith Rose Murder Trial

I've written three previous posts (here, here, and here) about a decision by a Baltimore County judge who ruled that fingerprint evidence failed the Frye test in the murder trial of Brian Keith Rose. In my last post, I noted how, after this ruling, state prosecutors handed the case over to federal prosecutors, with the head of the Montgomery County public defender's office hoping that the federal authorities would respect that decision by the state judge.

They didn't. The prosecutors in the federal case against Rose moved for the admission of fingerprint evidence against him, and on Tuesday, the federal judge hearing the case found contrary to the Baltimore County judge and deemed the evidence admissible. When I get my hands on a copy of the opinion, I will post another entry on the case.

-CM

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