Author Archives: Jennifer L. Mnookin

Fingerprints: Not a Gold Standard


This article is in Flaws In Forensic Science, Fall 2003


A few judges are showing signs of skepticism, and it’s about time. In January 2002, Judge Louis Pollack made headlines with a surprising ruling on the admissibility of fingerprints. In United States v. Llera Plaza, the distinguished judge and former academic issued a lengthy opinion that concluded, essentially, that fingerprint identification was not a legitimate […]