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Iain McKie

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:12 am    Post subject: Challenges to fingerprinting  Reply with quote

As challenges to fingerprint evidence continue across the world here are some of the latest links that show how the argument is developing.

·     Simon Cole, a well known critic of fingerprinting's right to be treated as a science, has written an important new article in ‘Bio Societies’ which describes itself as a:  
‘an innovative new journal in the social sciences, dedicated to advancing analytic understanding of the social, ethical, legal, economic, public and policy aspects of current and emerging developments in the life sciences. These include genomics, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, biomedical and reproductive technologies, and biosecurity.’

In his article Simon uses the ‘McKie case’ to argue that the ‘facts’ claimed by fingerprint experts are ‘opinions’.

I will be posting a critique shortly.

·     Earlier this year  Baltimore County Circuit Judge Susan M. Souder ruled:

‘that fingerprint evidence, which has been used in courtrooms across the country for nearly 100 years, was not reliable enough for a capital murder case. In her ruling, the judge characterized fingerprinting as "a subjective, untested, unverifiable identification procedure that purports to be infallible."’

Following the controversy the Federal prosecutors responded to the State prosecutors plea and agreed to prosecute the case in the Federal Court.,0,5964126.story

·     In another American case a ruling by a County Superior Court   judge that print evidence was inadmissible has been overruled by the State Supreme Court and will now be presented.

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