Fingerprints at the crime‐scene: Statistically certain, or probable?

  • Author: Cedric Neumann
  • Published: Feb 08, 2012 - From issue: Volume 9 Issue 1 (February 2012)
  • Doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2012.00539.x

Fingerprints have been used for a century to identify criminals. But, astonishingly, fingerprint experts rely on subjective opinion, not on objective science. Yet they are required to claim absolute certainty for their judgements – a certainty that is mythical. Cedric Neumann brings probabilities and the hope of better justice to the courtroom; with Julian Champkin he explains the idea.

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