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Monday, October 28, 2002

BREAKING NEWz you can UzE...
compiled by Jon Stimac


Man Found Guilty of Killing Armored Truck Guard in Florida; Sentenced to Life - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - Oct. 19, 2002 ...suspect's fingerprint was found on the cash bin...

Vehicle Fee OKd for Fingerprinting Costs - THE LOS ANGELES TIMES - Oct. 23, 2002 ...Ventura County, California approved a $1-per-vehicle fee to pay for updated fingerprinting technology...

Two Held in Sniper Case; Gun Found - MSNBC.COM - Oct. 24, 2002 ...suspects in DC-area sniper attacks have been found in the car, with rifle...

Potential Evidence in Sniper Case - BALTIMORE SUN - Oct. 24, 2002 ...a piece of paper at the scene of an Alabama shooting bearing the fingerprint of suspect...

Alabama Officials Also Hoping Homicide Solved - LOS ANGELES TIMES - Oct. 25, 2002 ...fingerprints were recovered from a firearm publication found in the parking lot near where the women fell...

Three Key Calls and a Fingerprint  - THE WASHINGTON POST - Oct. 25, 2002 ...a fingerprint in Alabama gave investigators a name...

Sniper Clue Sat for Weeks in Crime Lab in Alabama - THE NEW YORK TIMES  - Oct. 26, 2002 ...evidence that cracked the sniper case was sitting in an Alabama crime lab throughout the three-week shooting spree...

Suspected 'Puffy Cheek Bandit' Held - THE WASHINGTON POST  - Oct. 25, 2002 ...FBI matched fingerprints from demand notes to 'Bandit's' fingerprints from a 1997 misdemeanor arrest...
 

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.

We will continue with part 2 of last week's article in early January, after revisions and publication in the Journal of Forensic Identification.  At that point, part 1 and 2 will be combined and placed on the website, subject of course to permission from the JFI.  This week we take a break from the usual and look at a humerous submission regarding Daubert and testimony.

This most amusing page is printed below for those who donít care to visit the rest of the site at www.daubertontheweb.com.  The Detail this week is short, but I figured I will let you spend the rest of your weekly reading time looking over this cool Daubert website.  I warn you now, it is from a legal perspective, but as such it serves to expand the horizon of a latent print examiner who reads it.  If you know you have a Daubert challenge coming up (and many would argue that we ALL will see the Daubert issues in our future testimony), it might be worth a quick glance.  If nothing else, it will definitely open your mind.   Enjoy!!

The Daubert Worldview

Prolegomenon: A Pronunciation Gazetteer

Q:    Before we get to what it all means, how is
"Daubert" pronounced?

A:    "Dow-burt."

Q:    How do you know?

A:    From published, peer-reviewed literature
authored by a duly licensed attorney who
developed his views in the regular course of his
professional duties.  See Michael H. Gottesman,
Admissibility of Expert Testimony After Daubert:
The "Prestige" Factor, 43 Emory L.J. 867, 867
(1994).

Q:    What makes Gottesman an expert on this
subject?

A:    He represented Jason Daubert before the
Supreme Court and listened to his client
pronounce the name.

Q:    So Gottesman's opinion on the correct
pronunciation was developed for litigation
purposes?

A:    Yes.

Q:    Is "dow-burt" the generally accepted
pronunciation?

A:    Not universally so.  Many lawyers and
judges say "dough-bear."

Q:    Well, what about the methods Gottesman used
to arrive at his conclusion?  Is listening to the
client a prevalent methodology in the legal
field?

A:    To a point.

Q:    So did Gottesman take any courses on
listening to the client during law school?

A:    Almost certainly not.

Q:    Has the technique of listening to the
client been tested?

A:    Informally.

Q:    Does it have a known error rate?

A:    The error rate is thought to be fairly
high.

Q:    Has Gottesman been consistent, at least, in
the position he has taken on the proper
pronunciation?

A:    No.  When he was arguing the case before
the Supreme Court, he pronounced the name
"dough-bear."

Q:    Why?

A:    The Justices seemed to prefer that
pronunciation.




The informal CLPEX.com message board is available for banter about this week's Detail:
http://www.clpex.com/phpBB/viewforum.php?f=2
And the onin.com forum (http://onin.com/fp/wwwbd/) is also available for more formal latent print-related discussions.

 

UPDATES on CLPEX.com this week...


Added Ken Moses to the Consultants page

Working on adding the RSW Arlington class to the Training page

Updated the RSW page to include an opening in December.  The budget crunch forced the agency who held that spot to cancel the course.  If your agency would like to purchase the Ridgeology Science Workshop in December, contact Bonnie at FITS: bonnie@foridents.com or 1-888-235-1230.  For details, see the RSW page of the Training section of clpex.com.
 

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Have a GREAT week!