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January 31, 2007

New Hampshire Superior Court Excludes Fingerprint Testimony

A New Hampshire Superior Court has provisionally excluded the testimony of a fingerprint examiner, citing the examiner's failure to maintain proper documentation and her failure to use a blind verification procedure.  The opinion by Justice Coffey can be found  here.  (Many thanks to Simon Cole for finding the link).

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The importance of accurate and thorough procedures cannot be overstated, especially when it comes to methods of identifying individuals in court. There are very good reasons for a judge to be concerned about the quality of testimony related to fingerprints, and we should be glad to have judges in NH ever-vigilant of the lack thereof.

Posted by: Robert Hunt | May 8, 2007 2:12:40 AM

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