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Hot Topics - Questions about Fingerprint Identifications

David M. Siegel, Mark Acree, Robert Bradley, Simon A. Cole, David L. Faigman, Stephen E. Fienberg, Paul C. Giannelli, Lyn Haber, Ralph N. Haber, Donald Kennedy, Jane C. Moriarty, D. Michael Risinger, John R. Vokey & Sandy L. Zabell, The Reliability of Latent Print Individualization: Brief of the Amici Curiae Submitted on Behalf of Scientists and Scholars by the New England Innocence Project, Commonwealth v. Patterson, 42 CRIM. L. BULL. 21 (Jan./Feb. 2006), Located at: Criminal Law Bulletin

Itiel E. Dror, David Charlton & Ailsa E. Peron, Contextual Information Renders Experts Vulnerable to Making Erroneous Identifications, 156 FORENSIC SCI. INTíL 74 (2006) (

Sharon Begley, Fingerprint Matches Come Under More Fire as Potentially Fallible, WALL STREET JOURNAL, Oct. 7, 2005, Located at: Wall Street Journal

Paul C. Giannelli, Fingerprints: Misidentifications, 20 CRIM. JUST. 50, Spring 2005, Criminal Justice

Sandy L. Zabell, Fingerprint Evidence, 13 J.L. & POL'Y 143 (Spring 2005) (in Science for Judges III: Maintaining the Integrity of Scientific Research and Forensic Evidence in Criminal Proceedings), Located at: Journal of Law and Policy

Simon A. Cole, More Than Zero: Accounting for Error in Latent Fingerprint Identification, 95 J. CRIM. L. & CRIMINOLOGY 985 (Spring 2005), Located at: Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

U.S. Seeks Review of Fingerprint Techniques, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Feb. 21, 2005 (

Itiel E. Dror, Ailsa E. Peron, Sara-Lynn Hindi & David Charlton, When Emotions Get the Better of Us: The Effect of Contextual Top-down Processing on Matching Fingerprints, 19 APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOL. 799 (2005), Located at: Applied Cognitive Psychology

R. Stacey, A Report on the Erroneous Fingerprint Individualization in the Madrid Train Bombing Case, J. FORENSIC IDENTIFICATION, Nov./Dec. 2004, at 706, Located at: Journal of Forensic Identification

Jeff Wise, Under the Microscope: Legal Challenges to Fingerprints and DNA as Methods of Forensic Identification, 18 INT’L REV. L. COMPUTERS & TECH. 425 (Nov. 2004), Located at: International Review of Law, Computers & Technology

FBI Analysts Faulted in Arrest of Portland Lawyer, LOS ANGELES TIMES, Nov. 17, 2004, at A30, Located at: Los Angeles Times

Steven T. Wax & Christopher J. Schatz, A Multitude of Errors: The Brandon Mayfield Case, CHAMPION, Sept./Oct. 2004, at 6, Located at: Champion

David Heath & Hal Bernton, FBI Admits Fingerprint Error, Clearing Portland Attorney, SEATTLE TIMES, May 25, 2004, at A1, Seattle Times