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October 26, 2007

And more on Fingerprints....

Here's a follow-up story on Judge Souder's exclusion of fingerprints for not being based on "a reliable factual foundation."  See Here.   There are some insightful comments from Sandy Zabell and some not-terribly-insightful comments from Thomas P. Mauriello, an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.  Indeed, a comparison of Zabell's (a statistician) and Mauriello's (a criminologist) comments nicely illustrates all that is wrong with forensic science as it is practiced today.  The former offers the critical comments of the scientist, and the latter the true-believer.  Evidence, not faith and anecdotal experience, should be the currency by which the forensic identification sciences are measured.
-- DLF

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