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Monday, April 14, 2003
BREAKING NEWz you can
compiled by Jon Stimac
Jury Gets Capital Murder Case - THE
ROANOKE TIMES, WV - April 11, 2003 ...capital
murder case against suspect balances on a thumbprint and a shoe print...
The Other Print Trade - THE
MONTREAL GAZETTE - April 9, 2003 ...small
companies inked fingerprinting allow police to check people for criminal
innocent explanation" for Fingerprints, Court Told - IRELAND
ON-LINE - April 9, 2003
an "explanation" for the fingerprints of a man accused of murder
on the glasses of victim...
Secrets - THE
SEANTOBIA DEMOCRAT, MS -
April 8, 2003 ...in
any old detective show, they usually catch the bad guy through his
fingerprints. Is it really that simple?
Charge N.J. Man In '84 Slaying - WNBC-TV,
NY - April 7, 2003 ...using
modern technology and old fingerprint evidence, Phoenix police say they
have a suspect in the 1984 killing of a 70-year-old...
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
And the winner is....
(Front of the shirt):
CLPEX.com logo (like last year)
(Back of the t-shirt)
*Image: Latent Print
*Underneath in large block letters:
"LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND, GENIUS?"
*Underneath that in small letters:
Complete Latent Print Examination
*at the bottom: CLPEX.com logo
Congratulations to Lindsay Campbell for submitting the winning slogan in the
2003 CLPEX.com t-shirt slogan contest. Lindsay will receive two free
t-shirts for her contribution. Thank you to EVERYONE for submitting some
EXCELLENT entries, and for voting on your favorite. If you would like to
see the final
results from the vote, there is a link from the home-page of the
website. I will have the artwork completed and to the t-shirt shop by the
end of the week, and I will announce when the t-shirts are in. Like last
year, I will place a photograph of the t-shirt on the order form for you to see
before you place your order. More soon on that!!
Last week I mentioned the Reyes case in Florida regarding digital imaging.
I was hoping to have input from a couple of people about the case, but nothing
has arrived in my inbox yet. So this topic is on hold until further
This week we take a closer look at the Robert L. Johnson Foundation of the
Parent Body of the International Association for Identification. As a
former recipient of a scholarship from this foundation, I wholeheartedly support
the foundation and it's aims. I anticipate using some of the excess funds
from our t-shirt drive to make a contribution on behalf of CLPEX.com.
Consider this opportunity to contribute to a foundation that keeps giving, year
ROBERT L. JOHNSON FOUNDATION
IAI SCHOLARSHIP AND RESEARCH PROGRAM
This foundation was established in 1988 in memory of Robert L. Johnson, who was
serving as the 2nd Vice President of the IAI at the time of his death. He was
also instrumental in the formation of the IAI Latent Print Certification Board
and served as the board's first chairman. He began his fingerprint career in
1952 with the FBI and later became the Chief of the Identification and Research
Branch of the United States Secret Service. He joined the IAI in 1970.
The purpose of this foundation is to further the advancement of forensic
identification through education and research. The foundation endowments are
administered by the Long Range Planning and Continuity of Office Committee. In
fulfillment of foundation goals, this committee annually solicits applications
for scholarships and research grants. Contingent upon the applicants
qualifications and the amount of income generated by foundation funds, one or
more scholarships may be available for students attending colleges or
universities throughout the world and/or one or more research grants may be
available each year. Approximately $7100 are available for scholarship and/or
research grant consideration for years 2003-2004. Endowments made by the
committee will be announced at the IAI Annual Educational Conference in Ottawa,
June 6 – 11, 2003.
The foundation is governed by five (5) trustees appointed by the IAI President
and approved by the Board of Directors of the Association. Activities of the
Foundation are reported to the IAI Board of Directors and to the IAI general
membership at the annual General Business Meeting.
Donations and contributions from individuals or organizations are accepted with
appreciation. The income received from the investments of these donations is the
sole funding source for IAI scholarships and research grants. Donations are
accepted in the form of monetary contributions or in the form of gifts of
securities, real estate, or other property. All donations are tax deductible.
The IAI shows its appreciation for all donations by recognizing the generosity
of individual and organizational contributors. Special recognition will be
afforded those individuals and organizations whose donations meet certain
$500 (US$) or more will be designated as a Robert L Johnson Fellow and will
receive a special lapel pin and certificate.
$1000 or more will be designated as a Robert L. Johnson Fellow and receive a
jeweled lapel pin and a certificate.
$1500 or more will be designated as a Robert L. Johnson Fellow, will receive a
diamond lapel pin and a certificate.
$2,000 or more will be recognized with the Trustee’s Award and will receive a
plaque designating such.
$5,000 or more will be recognized with the Board of Director’s award and will
receive a plaque.
$10,000 or more will be recognized with the Presidential Award and will receive
$20,000 or more will be recognized with the Foundation Award and will receive a
IAI DIVISION GIFTS
IAI divisions contributing:
$2.00 for each member of that Division and will be recognized as 100%
Contributors and awarded a certificate.
$1,000 or more will be recognized as a Bronze Award contributor and will receive
$2,000 or more will be recognized as a Silver Award contributor and will receive
$3,000 or more will be recognized as a Gold Award contributor and will receive a
All contributions are cumulative toward the highest award as applicable in
respective category of giving.
Applicants for scholarship consideration must satisfy the following
They must have attained the junior or senior standing, or the equivalent, in a
bachelor’s degree program, or be pursuing an advanced degree, in an accredited
college or university. Persons who do not have junior status at the time of
application but who will possess sufficient credits at the time of the award
(June 2003) are eligible to apply.
In addition, the applicant must be either of the following:
a full-time student with the intent of seeking a career in forensic
identification, and majoring in a natural, physical or biological science;
a part-time student employed by a law enforcement agency and majoring
in a natural, physical or biological science, unless the applicant is working in
a forensic identification discipline that does not require a specific degree
Applicants also must have attained a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point
average on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent if a different grading scale is in
effect at the applicant’s institution.
Persons who meet the above eligibility requirements may apply for scholarship
consideration by submitting the completed IAI Scholarship Application Form, plus
a copy of their academic transcript, to the IAI Chief Operations Officer.
Scholarship application forms and additional information may be obtained by
contacting the office of the Chief Operations Officer as listed below. For an
applicant to be considered for the 2003 – 2004 scholarship award, fully
completed application forms and related documentation must be received by the
Chief Operations Officer as listed below no later than May 1, 2003.
Joseph P. Poliski
Chief Operations Officer, IAI
2535 Pilot Knob Road, Suite 117
Mendota Heights, MN 55120-1120
(612) 681-8566, Voice
(612) 681-8443, Fax
The Long Range Planning and Continuity of Office Committee is also soliciting
applications for the endowment of possible research grants that may be awarded
at the 2003 Annual Education Conference. Application forms may be obtained by
contacting the Chief Operations Officer at the address listed above. Those
seeking funding for 2003 – 2004 must ensure that a completed research grant
application form is received by the Chief Operating Officer no later than May 1,
From a recent episode of Hunter:
The bad guys took an escalator. Hunter told one of the officers to
get CSI and have them print the railing of the moving stairs. "It'll
take forever", said one of the officers. Fred told him to tell CSI to
"pull only the male prints".
Thanks for the submission, Danny!
CLPEX.com this week...
Archived the 60 minutes program in
the Newzroom (Around January 1, 2003)
Updated the CLPEX.com bookstore to include 10 NEW titles, not previously
1) 1915(?) Faulds, H. "A Manual of Practical Dactylography" 68p.
booklet in green paper cover (currently unavailable)
2) 1933, Arthur Adams, "Adams on Finger Prints" 155p. dark green
hardcover (currently unavailable)
3) 1945, Padell Book Company, "Finger Prints, For Identification and Crime
Detection, A Universal System Based on Sir Henry's Methods" (currently
4) 1941, Harry Holloway, "The Science of Fingerprint Classification"
141p. blue hard cover (currently unavailable)
5) 1936, FBI, Classification of Fingerprints" 48p. soft cover pamphlet
6) 1916, Navy, "How To Obtain Good Finger Prints" 6p. w/ 7 plates dark
blue hard-cover (currently unavailable)
7) 1910, John Hall, "Suggestions on Taking Finger Prints" 6p. w/ 2
plates light green soft cover (currently unavailable)
8) Unk., Edward Evans, "Finger Prints" (cover) or "Finger Print
Instruction Book" (title page), 6X9in. 95p. dark green hard cover w/ gilt
title to cover. (currently unavailable)
9) 1954, Frederick Cherrill, "The Finger Print System at Scotland
Yard" 173p. dark blue hard-cover (currently unavailable, but a copy is on
10) 1939, Israel Castellanos, "Identification Problems, Criminal and
Civil" 4.5X6.4in. 215p. blue soft-wrap leatherette cover (currently
Added several new copies of Scott's Fingerprint Mechanics (new, in shrink-wrap)
to the bookstore for $100 each
Working on the artwork for the 2003 CLPEX.com t-shirt!!
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