Of Course Fingerprints are Reliable (Or are They?)

Simon A. Cole and Barry Scheck (University of California, Irvine – Department of Criminology, Law and Society and Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School, Co-Director, Innocence Project) have posted Appendix to ‘Fingerprints and Miscarriages of Justice: ‘Other’ Types of Error and a Post-Conviction Right to Database Searching,’ 81 Albany Law Review 101 (2017/2018) on SSRN.

Here is the abstract:

This Appendix gives one case example of each fingerprint error type discussed in Table 3 of the Article “Fingerprints and Miscarriages of Justice: ‘Other’ Types of Error and A Post-Conviction Right to Database Searching,” for which we know of an actual case. Cases were selected for recentness, novelty (not widely discussed elsewhere in the literature), and the degree to which they illustrate the problem we are discussing. In footnotes, we also list the other known cases of this error type.

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