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ISU Scholar doubts FBI fingerprint standards

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:12:42 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

An ISU political scientist has been invited to become a part of the friend of the court brief in a fingerprint analysis case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Bob Bradley is skeptical of FBI claims that their analysts never make mistakes. Bradley says other countries require 12, 15, or 18 points of comparison to declare a match between fingerprints, but there is no standard in the U.S.


The case is a deportation case in which the defendant argued that he wasn't even in the country at the time a crime was committed and that the court is ignoring documentation and testimony from several witnesses to that effect. This is not the first time Bradley has offered input on fingerprints to a court. In a Massachusetts case Bradley's efforts resulted in the overturning of a murder conviction and death sentence. Bradley says he is one of several scholars from a variety of fields to participate, showing the breadth of opposition to the lack of standards in fingerprint evidence.


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