T H E
D E T A I L
Monday, October 28, 2002
BREAKING NEWz you can
compiled by Jon Stimac
Man Found Guilty of Killing Armored Truck Guard in Florida; Sentenced to
Life - SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -
Oct. 19, 2002
fingerprint was found on the cash bin...
Vehicle Fee OKd for Fingerprinting
Costs - THE LOS ANGELES TIMES -
Oct. 23, 2002
County, California approved a $1-per-vehicle fee to pay for updated
Two Held in Sniper Case; Gun Found -
- Oct. 24, 2002
in DC-area sniper attacks have been found in the car, with rifle...
Potential Evidence in Sniper Case -
BALTIMORE SUN - Oct. 24,
piece of paper at the scene of an Alabama shooting bearing the fingerprint
Alabama Officials Also Hoping Homicide Solved -
LOS ANGELES TIMES
- Oct. 25, 2002
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
fingerprint in Alabama gave investigators a name...
Sniper Clue Sat for Weeks in
Crime Lab in Alabama - THE NEW
YORK TIMES - Oct. 26, 2002
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
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
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
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
Q: What makes Gottesman an expert on this
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
Q: Is "dow-burt" the generally accepted
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
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?
Q: Does it have a known error rate?
A: The error rate is thought to be fairly
Q: Has Gottesman been consistent, at least, in
the position he has taken on the proper
A: No. When he was arguing the case before
the Supreme Court, he pronounced the name
A: The Justices seemed to prefer that
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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
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Bonnie at FITS: email@example.com
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Have a GREAT week!