“Probabilities of Identity” from #Forensic Fingerprints get thumbs down from AAAS

The AAAS,  (the American Association for the Advancement of Science) maybe the upcoming opposition to the now Trump-run DOJ forensic “commission.” They released a report that latent print examination producing testimonial certainties as to one person identity gets the gong. The DAs, like this dude, predictably ignore this type of non-cop-alligned empirical effort.

Their study group agrees that latents (i..e. crime scence derived) are:

….report makes clear that while latent fingerprint examiners can successfully rule out most of the population from being the source of a latent fingerprint based on observed features, insufficient data exist to determine how unique fingerprint features really are, thus making it scientifically baseless to claim that an analysis has enabled examiners to narrow the pool of sources to a single person.

https://www.aaas.org/news/fingerprint-source-identity-lacks-scientific-basis-legal-certainty

 

About csidds

Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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