CAN’T FIN­GER SUS­PECTS

New York Post - - NEWS - Carnegie Mel­lon

A new re­port on the qual­ity of fin­ger­print anal­y­sis says that court­room tes­ti­mony and re­ports stat­ing or even im­ply­ing that fin­ger­prints be­long to a sin­gle per­son are in­de­fen­si­ble and lack sci­en­tific foun­da­tion. The Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Sci­ence re­port that while fin­ger­print ex­am­in­ers can suc­cess­fully rule out most of the pop­u­la­tion from be­ing the source of a print, in­suf­fi­cient data ex­ist to de­ter­mine how fin­ger­print fea­tures re­ally are unique. This makes it sci­en­tif­i­cally base­less to claim that an anal­y­sis has en­abled ex­am­in­ers to nar­row the pool of sources to a sin­gle per­son.

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