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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

"Is a Single Fingerprint Enough to Convict?"

From The Crime Report, via NACDL's news-of-interest:

[C]onvictions based on a single piece of forensic evidence have historically resulted in cases of wrongful conviction, argue South African criminologists Adebola Olaborede and Lirieka Meintjes-van der Walt.

While fingerprint matching, for example, is now a common tool in law enforcement investigations, there is still a lack of sufficient empirical studies that conclusively establish the uniqueness of the fingerprints, according to a study published in South Africa’s Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal.

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