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Monday, June 10, 2002
BREAKING NEWz you can
Rule that Gagged MSPs (In the McKie Case) May be Lifted - The
Scotsman - 06 Jun 2002
-- SIR David
Steel has opened the way for the Scottish parliament to review the rule which
has prevented MSPs from debating the case of a former policewoman, Shirley
McKie, who has been fighting to clear her name over accusations of perjury.
U.S. to Track Visitors Deemed a Security Risk
By a Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 6, 2002; Page A01,
Post - 06 Jun 2002
The Justice Department announced plans yesterday
to fingerprint and photograph more than 100,000 visa holders who pose "national
Arab Leader Decries U.S. Fingerprint Proposal - CNN.com - 6-8-02
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) --
The Arab League secretary-general on Saturday questioned the legality of a U.S.
proposal to fingerprint and photograph visitors to America, saying such measures
were "discriminatory" against Arabs and Muslims.
Italy toughens immigrant stance
BBC - 04 Jun 2002
... has frequently linked immigration with crime, will make
foreigners provide fingerprints for identification purposes, while those
immigrants who return to the ...
launches missing-children ID program
Post Intelligencer - 07 Jun 2002
... contain a child's physical description, a
current photograph and a set of fingerprints. Nearly 450,000 kits were
distributed last year. The National Center for ...
Good morning via the "Detail," a weekly e-mail newsletter that
greets latent print examiners around the globe every Monday morning. The purpose of the Detail is to help keep you
informed of the current state of affairs in the latent print community, to
provide an avenue to circulate original fingerprint-related articles, and to
announce important events as they happen in our field.
Last week, we reviewed a
recent Florida Supreme Court
ruling barring a knife mark identification. I held off on drawing the
correlation between this and non-friction ridge skin identification. The
basic premises are the same for impression evidence and knife mark
identification. individual marks on a source, when transferred to a
receiving surface in sufficient quantity and quality, it allows for the
possibility of positive identification of that source. The basic premises
are the same for friction ridge skin and non-friction ridge skin impressions:
human skin, and all biology, is unique, and if a sufficient quantity and quality
of a unique source transfers to a surface, it allows for the possibility of
positive identification of the source. The judge did not say knife mark
evidence was not scientific. The judge was dissatisfied with how that
scientific testimony was presented, and cited Daubert terminology to emphasize
that point. If you didn't have a chance to review last week's Detail, it
is available in the Detail Archives.
This week we look at the most interesting AFIS hit I have ever seen. If
you have one to top this one, what are you waiting for? Send it in!!
Doede Rijpkema submits this week's Detail from Amsterdam, and this appears as a
re-print from Fingerprint Whorld, the official publication of the Fingerprint
Society in the UK.
years that Iím working as a fingerprint-specialist I think this was
the most remarkable case I came upon.
a warm Thursday evening in August 1996 a couple walked towards their
apartment building in one of the suburbs of Amsterdam. Suddenly two men
approached them on a bike. One of them took hold of the woman and tried
to get her purse. The other, wearing a ski mask, threatened her husband
with a handgun. This man however, six feet tall and in good shape,
appeared not to be an easy victim.
It started a fight with his attacker and the blows fell thick and fast
at both sides. Eventually it ended in a struggle on the ground. The
villain had him in an iron grip and [the victim] feared an imminent defeat when he
suddenly saw a hand in front of his face. He didnít hesitate a second
and bit the nearest finger. So hard, he bit off the fingertip.
The robber cried out in pain, dropped his gun and his hood and ran away
with his accomplice. Not until then the victim realized he had a
fingertip in his mouth.
He went with his wife to the police station
nearby and an official report was taken. When the man handed the
fingertip, the officer on duty was astonished and actually had no idea
what to do with it, so he put it in the refrigerator.
The weekend passed and on Monday morning the protocol landed on the desk
of sergeant-detective Joop Reder. A die-hard with a lot of experience
who saw immediately the prospects of the fingertip, as well as the
risks. He realized the victim had taken an enormous risk by biting.
Imagine the robber was a drug addict with a dangerous disease as
hepatitis-B or even Aids. He instantly called me and explained what had
happened. Of course I told him to bring this fingertip to my
The pain this villain must have had! His finger was bitten off just
below the core and the nail was still on it. (See photo 1 and 2)
I made several rolled impression (see image) of the tip and went to the
The victim had stated that it was the little finger from the right hand,
which I found doubtful because it looked like a left loop. It was anyway
a little finger, so I started a search for finger number 5, 100
respondents. Search processor respondents: 808643. No result.
The second search: no finger number, 100 respondents. Search processor
respondents ten times as many: 8086430. Within five minutes the hit was
made, first place on the list, score 4180 (second: 2010). As I expected:
a left little finger.
Sergeant-detective Reder was thrilled and started an immediate search
for the robber.
On Thursday a patrol car spotted the man and he was arrested.
He had not seen a doctor, afraid as he was to expose himself. And even
now it was hard to persuade him to go to the hospital. When he finally
agreed, he appeared to be just in time to save his finger.
The hospital also tested his blood and it was a great relief they
didnít find a contagious disease as mentioned above.
Eventually he was convicted for this armed robbery and went to jail for
Printrack Company organizes every year a conference for their AFIS-users
and during this conference there is a Hit Of The Year contest. This was
one of the submitted cases and awarded as Hit of The Year!
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CLPEX.com this week...
Updated the CLPEX.com bookstore. There was a lot of buying and selling of
books through the site last month. This week I added new Galton, Faulds,
Cummins and Midlo, Wentworth and Wilder, Holt, Scott, and a pristine copy of
Loesch. Check out the ONLY online latent print examiner
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