Breaking NEWz you can UzE...
compiled by Jon Stimac
Border Patrol Expands Fingerprint Searches –
FCW.COM - Oct. 7, 2004
...Patrol agents can now search
through two federal fingerprint databases to see if aliens crossing
illegally into the US are wanted...
Man Accused in Bombings Sues Government –
SALEM STATESMAN, OR - Oct. 5, 2004
...lawyer arrested by FBI after his
fingerprint was incorrectly matched claims he was singled out
because of his faith...
Detainee Fingerprint Ruckus –
NEWSDAY, NY - Oct. 5, 2004
...Police Department illegally printed the majority of people
detained during the Republican National Convention...
L.A. Fugitive Apprehended After 13 Years –
MIAMI HERALD, FL
- Oct. 5, 2004 ...Florida
fugitive task force members pick up a Pompano Beach man wanted for a
13-year-old murder in California...
we looked at doubt and caution in latent print examination.
we look at an article by the past President of the National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers published in their newsletter, the Champion. I
have not obtained permission to re-print the article in the Detail, so I will
share with you instead
the link to the entire article online. In the article, the author
takes a very critical stance on the Mayfield case and the implications of the
case on the field of fingerprints:
(link outdated and removed on 4-25-05)
Also, the Detail article bank is almost empty. If you have an article you
would like to share with members of the Weekly Detail, now would be a good time
to send it in. This week's IAI update has a lot of great fingerprint
information, so it will serve as this week's Detail.
by Joe Polski
Hello again from the IAI Office.
For the past several years, the
IAI’s Library collection has resided in my office in 75 boxes tucked away in the
warehouse section of the office. You may be aware that the Board, during its
meeting in St. Louis, approved an agreement with West Virginia University (WVU)
in Morgantown, West Virginia to house the IAI Library at WVU for an initial
period of ten years. For the past several days, Max Houck from WVU has been at
the IAI office conducting a preliminary inventory and assessment of the
collection. There is a wealth of information, some of it very rare, in this
collection. In addition to books, the collection includes copies of old
newspaper articles, pamphlets and other miscellaneous writings concerning the
early days of fingerprint identification. Eventually all library materials will
be cataloged with that catalog available via the Internet.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
During the last week of October,
the NIJ has invited about 20 people to Washington, DC to conduct a meeting
dealing with the research needs of the fingerprint discipline. The outcome of
this meeting will determine the future course NIJ will take regarding
fingerprint research and other fingerprint matters. As a result, this meeting
will be very, very important to the future of fingerprint identification. Many
of the attendees are IAI members and at least one is from outside the US. This
meeting is similar to the Fingerprint Forum held in Chicago several years ago
and will continue to build on many of the points discussed during the Forum.
More information will be provided in the next Monthly Update.
2005 Membership Directory
All material for the 2005
Membership Directory will go to the printer in early to mid November. If your
address, phone number, title or e-mail address has recently changed, please call
the IAI office or send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of that change.
Forensic Research Network/Crime Lab
Improvement Program (FRN/CLIP) Conference
Several weeks ago I was
privileged to attend this NIJ sponsored three-day conference held in Tampa, FL.
Attending were representatives of the several FRN organizations as well as
recipients of CLIP grants. The purpose was to provide a networking opportunity
between the FRN partner organizations and those agencies and organizations that
may have a need for the resources available from these FRN partners.
It was a great opportunity to network and explore financial and programmatic
support available from the FRN partners. Of particular interest to the IAI were
the opportunities available to assist in providing sites and perhaps financial
assistance to our training efforts through the RS&A/IAI cooperative agreement.
I connected Ron’s organization with several sites that appear to be able to
offer long term commitments to host training and perhaps even lodging or other
support to these efforts.
Consortium of Forensic Science
The CFSO has now expanded from
four to six organizations. Recently ASCLD-LAB and Forensic Quality Services (FQS)
sought and were granted membership by the CFSO member organizations. ASLCD-LAB
was an original member of the CFSO but had left the Consortium a few years ago.
FQS is an independent, non-profit company that was at one time part of the
National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) in Largo, Florida. FQS is
now entirely independent of NFSTC. Congratulations to both organizations and we
look forward to working together to advance the interests of forensic science.
As you know, the CFSO has no legal status but is rather a loose confederation of
organizations that have come together to advance common goals for forensic
science. That loose organization has caused some practical and legal problems
that need to be addressed. CFSO Washington, DC consultant Beth Lavach tells us
there are opportunities in Washington to sit on various committees, provide
input to various government organizations including the Department of Homeland
Security and others. Without a legal framework however it is almost impossible
to get recognized as a legitimate organization.
With that by way of background, I contacted a law firm in Tampa, Florida that
has broad experience in the workings of non-profit incorporation documents. At
the present time draft documents have been drawn up and are in the hands of the
CFSO member representatives. A conference call was held several days ago to
discuss various ramifications of the documents, suggest changes etc. The
document continues to be refined and several new ideas for membership
discussed. After the representatives are satisfied with a final version, it
will be distributed to the various CFSO member organizations for input and,
hopefully, approval. Incorporation as a 501(c)6 non-profit organization is but
the first step in this process. The next step will be to apply for tax-exempt
status from the Internal Revenue Service.
This is a significant step forward for the CFSO but one that is necessary if we
are to continue to grow and develop as a viable player in Washington.
been significant interest from the vendor community to support the activities of
the CFSO. A number of larger vendors to the forensic science community have a
Washington, DC presence and are interested in working with Beth to maximize
resources to reach our goals. The constitution and by-laws under development
for incorporation envision an affiliate, non-voting status for interested
vendors. This concept needs further discussion but there is a consensus that
the vendor community can provide a significant boost to the efforts of the CFSO.
Also, an update on the Henry Faulds memorial from Donald Reid:
Just a brief update. I have been advised by Tom Armstrong, project liaison
officer, North Ayrshire Council, that it is intended that the foundations for
the Beith memorial will be laid at the memorial site late this week or early
next week. The stone with plaque is ready and awaits the foundations being
laid. The themed fence is ready at Ogilvie Engineering, Kilmarnock. The aim
now is to tie everyone in and get the memorial stone in place ASAP and
organise a formal inauguration ceremony.
Secondly, Keele University are abouit to name one of their laboratories in
honour of Dr Henry Faulds. Absolutely wonderful. Pity that SCRO or a Scottish
Lab had not been so forward thinking! More information about this will be
circulated when available, but I am sure that Dr Henry Faulds would be smiling
and quietly saying "thank you."
Thanks again to everyone for all their help in honouring a largely forgotten
Scottish hero. It is true to say that we Scots are somewhat retiscent when it
comes to acknowledging greatness among 'oor ain folk.' I am very conscious
that this project to honour Dr Henry Faulds in the town of his birth,
schooling and where he spent his formative years seems to have gone on for
ever, but I am sure that the end result will have made the waiting worth it. I
do really appreciate the support I have received.
7 Manuel Avenue, Beith KA15 1BJ
Don't forget about our "Close Calls" page. If you have examples of prints
that are close but are non-matches, scan them at 1000ppi and send to
To discuss this Detail, the
message board is always open: (http://www.clpex.com/phpBB/viewforum.php?f=2)
More formal latent print discussions are available at
Life-and-Death Leadership Lessons
Sir Ernest Shackleton's most
spectacular exploration attempt - crossing Antarctica by foot in 1914 - ended
when his ship was crushed in the ice of the Weddell Sea.
Caught adrift on a melting ice floe for five months before reaching a small
island, Shackleton and his 217 men faced the unrelenting cold with skimpy
provisions and flimsy tents.
Shackleton then picked a small group to voyage 800 miles over treacherous seas
in a rickety lifeboat to a whaling station. He found another ship, packed it
with provisions and returned to rescue the rest of his crew.
Because he succeeded in keeping every man alive for 634 harrowing days,
Shackleton has inspired many to study his leadership. His lessons:
1) Communicate. Immediately after the ship sank, Shackleton
addressed his crew, candidly assessing their situation but also detailing a plan
of action. He thereafter communicated constantly with his men, keeping careful
tabs on their thoughts and morale.
2) Maintain your leadership. Shackleton understood that as
the crisis deepened, some would lose heart, questioning his decisions and
authority. So while asking for everyone's support and help, he left no one in
doubt about one thing: He was in charge.
3) Remain clear-eyed and optimistic. Shackleton remained
open to alternative plans and solutions. His upbeat attitude instilled
confidence in his men.
4) Involve everyone. To keep the diverse group united,
loyal and focused, Shackleton made sure each person had tasks that contributed
to the group's welfare.
5) Demand teamwork. Shackleton minimized status
differences, insisting on mutual respect and courtesy, and reinforced the team
message: "We are one - we live or die together."
From Dennis T. Perkins, "Leading at the Edge" and Margot Morell and
Stephanie Capparell, "Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons From the Great
Antarctic Explorer" via Leadership Strategies,
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