Fingerprint Evidence Part I: Tracing Friction Ridges Through History

50 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2012  

Gretchen R. Cothron

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 12, 2012

Abstract

This paper constitutes a substantive history of fingerprint evidence and how fingerprints became heralded as an infallible tool for investigators and attorneys. First, the paper will survey the history of fingerprint identification techniques and evidence. Second, is the examination of fingerprints themselves, as well as the tools used to analyze and compare fingerprints, questioning claims of both uniqueness and permanence.

Keywords: history, fingerprinting

Suggested Citation

Cothron, Gretchen R., Fingerprint Evidence Part I: Tracing Friction Ridges Through History (May 12, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2130808 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2130808

Gretchen R. Cothron (Contact Author)

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