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Scottish Fingerprint Inquiry raises questions about fingerprint methodology

Published: 20 March 2012

An inquiry into the Shirley McKie case highlights several shortcomings in the methodology used to examine fingerprints

The Fingerprint Inquiry Scotland is now closed, and the full report has been published.  The inquiry investigated how fingerprints were evaluated in the wake of Shirley McKie being falsly accused of perjury on the basis of fingerprint evidence.

The central finding of the report is that fingerprint evidence should be considered as opinion evidence and fact.  This has implications for how such evidence should be evaluated by jurors.  For the key findings and a link to the inquiry website, see the links on the right.

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