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Updated the Fingerprint Interest Group (FIG) page
with a very interesting FIG #56 distortion; submitted by Toby Cross. You can send your example of unique distortion to Charlie
For discussion, visit the CLPEX.com forum FIG thread.
Updated the forum Keeping Examiners Prepared for
thread with KEPT #29; Science or Technical Endeavor?,
by Michelle Triplett. You can send your questions on
courtroom topics to Michelle Triplett:
Updated the Detail Archives
Glenn Langenburg related a new latent print related course available for
we look at the importance of knowing your AFIS databases. The news
story relates to tenprints, but could just as likely relate to a missed
latent print identification due to a latent print examiner not knowing
his/her data flow. For example, does your agency search latent prints
in IAFIS? If you do, you should also occasionally receive Unsolved
Latent Match (ULM) candidates from IAFIS. If you don't personally
review them, you should know who is. Do you know your latent print
data flow? If you are not receiving ULM's, contact your IAFIS
representative to find out why you are not. You could have missed
valuable latent print identifications during that time period.
Kennewick man says mishap let killer go
free, files $20M claim
by Kristin M. Kraemer, Herald staff
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, Washington
Friday, Aug. 01, 2008
Three years after his wife and teen daughter were slain in their home, Loren
Moreno wants Kennewick to pay at least $20 million for a fingerprint mishap
that let a fugitive killer go free.
He figures Benton County, Grant County and the state of Washington also are
to blame and should help cover the payout, based on claims recently filed by
Moreno against all four government entities.
Linda and Danielle Moreno still might be alive if only a Kennewick detective
had ensured that James Moran's fingerprints were in the FBI's national
database, Loren Moreno says in his claim.
Today, Moreno marks the third anniversary of the deaths of his loved ones.
"The city of Kennewick is responsible for depriving Linda, Danielle and
Lorenzo Moreno of their constitutional right to life and liberty through its
employees or agents," the claim says. "Lorenzo Moreno continues to suffer
greatly from the loss of his family."
Moreno, who still lives in the family's South Edison Street home, says
Kennewick authorities failed to protect Linda and Danielle from Moran, a man
known to police to be an "extreme danger."
Each governmental entity now has 60 days to accept the claim or reject it,
which then would clear the way for Moreno to file a lawsuit.
"The goal is to try to figure out what happened, to try to figure out what
the truth is," said Chuck Pag-lialunga, Moreno's Seattle lawyer.
"At this point in time, we know that something went wrong and we know that
this guy was already being sought for a double murder, but got released from
jail. And it just seems so wrong that he was allowed to get out and just go
and kill two innocent women at their home."
Moran was wanted in the July 2004 killings of his Kennewick in-laws, Debra
and Glenn Carr, when he was picked up May 30, 2005, in Portland on suspicion
of possessing cocaine. Moran, 33, then used the alias Juan Martinez.
The charge wasn't serious enough to warrant a stay in the Multnomah County
jail, which has restrictions to prevent overcrowding. Instead, Martinez was
booked, fingerprinted and released after several computer database checks
failed to reveal he was using an alias.
Included in those checks was a search of the FBI's national database, called
the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, and the Western
Identification Network. The network is a multi-state database that does not
include Washington, but allows access through a specific search.
Moran wasn't in either.
But his prints were on file with Washington state's separate database,
called the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, after a 1999 arrest
in Grant County for displaying a weapon.
When Grant County officials sent Moran's fingerprints to be included in the
state's system after that arrest, they didn't send a copy to the FBI.
The state database in Olympia is managed by the Washington State Patrol.
Portland police would have had to separately check the Washington database
to learn that Moran was wanted for killing his in-laws.
According to the claim, then-Kennewick Detective Dean Murstig met with
Benton County's fingerprint technician in April 2005 and was told that
Moran's prints were in the federal system.
A Kennewick police investigation after the August 2005 murders of Linda and
Danielle Moreno revealed that Murstig -- the lead detective in the Carr
homicides -- wrongly assumed the year before that the two databases were one
and the same, Chief Ken Hohenberg said at the time.
Hohenberg then accepted blame for the mishap and immediately changed the
department's operating procedures to prevent such future mistakes.
Two months after Moran was released from Portland with a court date, he went
on a road trip with Mark Tucker, picking up Carrie Blackford along the way.
On Aug. 1, 2005, the three ended up outside the Moreno home. Tucker and
Blackford waited in the car, while Moran barged in and shot Linda, 52, then
Tucker and Blackford heard screams coming from the home, but stuck around
until Moran emerged with blood on his face and a purse in his hands. The
three drove off, headed for Portland.
Moran shot himself in the head three days later after Clark County sheriff's
deputies cornered him in Vancouver. He died the next day.
Both Tucker and Blackford were convicted for their roles in the crime.
Grant County has followed standard procedure by sending the claim on to the
Washington Rural Counties Insurance Pool for further research, said June
Strickler, the county commission's administrative services coordinator.
Kennewick City Attorney Lisa Beaton said the city also has given the claim
to an insurance pool adjuster to review the facts and determine its
"At this point no one knows where this claim is going to go, and I think we
still need to know just a little bit more," said Paglialunga, Moreno's
attorney. "We can't just say there was a mistake and we're sorry for it. ...
There was a real problem with the way these fingerprints were being done."
- Keeping Examiners Prepared for Testimony - #29
Science or Technical Endeavor?
by Michele Triplett, King County
The intent of this is to provide thought provoking discussion.
No claims of accuracy exist.
Science or Technology:
Are fingerprint comparisons a science or a technical
Itís a science.
Itís a technical endeavor.
Conclusions can be arrived at in a variety of ways
but my conclusions are done scientifically.
There are differing opinions on this.
Some people think itís a science and other people say itís a
technical endeavor. I
Whatever answer you choose, itís important that youíre
able to back up your answer. To
do this you must be able to state the difference between a scientific
endeavor and a technical endeavor.
There is no simple list of what constitutes a scientific endeavor.
Hundreds (if not thousands) of books have been written on the subject
and some people even claim that the definition is evolving all the time.
This may be true but there are some very basic qualifications for
something to be considered a scientific endeavor.
Usually science refers to natural phenomenon.
Scientific endeavors need to use accepted principles to arrive at the
conclusion, be reproducible by others, open for others to review or
scrutinize, testable, and conclusions are considered to be the best possible
conclusions given the available data.
These conclusions are seldom absolute and final but they are
conclusions that have gain acceptability.
Science always leaves the door open for better conclusions.
Science recognizes subjectivity and bias and tries to account for
these types of things. Science
doesnít require contemporaneous documentation, analytical documentation,
complete objectivity, statistical probabilities, blind verification, or
confirmation of the results. But it does recognize the benefits of all of
these different tools. Science
doesnít require a degree, anyone who appropriately uses scientific protocols
can perform scientific endeavors.
Answers a and b:
Either of these answers could be true but they donít have the weight
behind them that an answer with an explanation has.
Answers c and d:
These answers sound good because they donít give out too much
information but it does sound like the practitioners can justify their
conclusions and are prepared to do so.
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