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Monday, August 12, 2002

BREAKING NEWz you can UzE...

Vegas was Largest IAI Conference EVER!
  Over 1500 delegates from 20 countries came together to make the  87th annual IAI conference in Las Vegas, Nevada a huge success! 

Calif. Jury in Danielle Case Goes Home For Weekend.  The jury will begin deliberations again on Monday, August 12.

All adults to be fingerprinted to find killer.  A remote island off Australia is in turmoil with its first murder in 150 years!

This month's BidNow item is revealed: A Vendor grab-bag from the conference!  I made it to most of the fingerprint related vendors, explaining about the site and our feature auctions, and each contributed accordingly; everything from t-shirts to fingerprint kits; a bundle of NEC pens to an LED personal alternate light!  For an entire list of items included, visit the auction on Ebay!  As usual, our monthly BidNow items start at just a penny, so get your name in the action soon!


Good morning via the "Detail," a weekly e-mail newsletter that greets latent print examiners around the globe every Monday morning. The purpose of the Detail is to help keep you informed of the current state of affairs in the latent print community, to provide an avenue to circulate original fingerprint-related articles, and to announce important events as they happen in our field.

Last week, Bill Wolz shared a neat glove identification with us.  This week, we review some latent-print related happenings from the conference last week.

There were a variety of speakers on different fingerprint-related topics, and to try to summarize them all would be quite a difficult undertaking.  We will just say that we received updates in a number of areas including new and innovative processing techniques, improvements on and new understandings of current techniques, Daubert issues, digital imaging issues and latent prints, and a host of others.  As the new Chair of the Fingerprint Subcommittee, I am in charge of the fingerprint portion of the program next year; be thinking about what YOU would like to speak on in next year in Canada!

The Board of Directors accomplished a good bit of work in a short amount of time this year.  Several of the highlights of conference business include:

    1)  The creation of a Digital Imaging subcommittee as the 14th discipline of the IAI under the Science and Practices committee

    2)  The creation of a special committee to explore the feasibility of the IAI becoming involved in latent print examiner proficiency testing

    3)  The housing of the IAI library at West Virginia University under the care of professional, full-time librarians

    4)  The anticipated publication of the new, updated IAI Safety Manual within the next year

    5)  Planning to begin soon on the 100 year anniversary of fingerprints in the U.S., to be celebrated at the 2004 IAI conference in St. Louis, the home of the 1904 World's Fair where fingerprinting was introduced to America by Detective Ferrier of Scotland Yard.

Both Daubert-related talks at the conference were packed, with standing room only.  I estimated over 200 in the skit that Ron Smith, Jamie Bush, Jon Byrd and myself did.  Several of you asked for a copy of the questions and answers from the mock-Daubert trial scenario, but as I explained to the group, the skit was meant to emphasize a correct concept-response to the Daubert issues; not provide you with the exact answers to those questions.  In fact, a couple of you realized that in "real" court the way the issues would be addressed would be different; and as you realized, it is hard to balance a learning demonstration for a room full of experts with testimony to a jury.  The real benefit of further preparing to address these issues is the knowledge that comes with learning it!  If the answers to a test are given before the test, you might do well on that particular test, but you won't retain the information for a pop-quiz that might happen in the future.  So let's further explore the Daubert issues, think how we might individually address challenges on a particular issue, and be that much more prepared to articulate Daubert-related elements to a jury.  Next week we will begin a series of details on the Daubert elements and issues, and address only concept responses.  Much of this material has already been covered in past Details, so instead of duplication of the concepts, we will simply link back to past Details as appropriate.  Other references will also be given regarding information currently available on that issue, whether it is here on this site or elsewhere.  This combined information will end up in the format of our "Daubert Card," which Steve Scarborough, Ray York and myself will be updating on a regular basis.  The card, as alluded to in earlier Details, will be a living, breathing document, being updated as new concepts arise and (if) old concepts evolve.

The CLPEX message board has been repaired by Proboard personnel, so it is back "up" again.  I have been looking for a simple message board that will allow for postings and replies in the same format as the proboard, but something I can house within the website.  I'm tired of the pop-up ads, and I know you are two.  So far, I haven't found anything that simple.  It may be something as easy as a cgi script, but so far, I haven't found one.   If anyone has any suggestions for a good, simple, informal type of message board almost exactly like what we use, please let me know.  T-shirts went quite well in Vegas, and we have some $ to spend on the site!  :)  If you have any other suggestions on things to improve the site, your input is certainly welcome.  Remember, this is YOUR site!

Since the board is back up, let's use this week to kick around the Daubert elements covered in issue 50.  Next week we will begin reviewing the concept-based responses and references to support those responses with contributions from Steve, Ray, myself, and others who post on the board.  So go for it!  Just remember, addressing the Daubert issues in front of a JURY is the road we are on right now, so think of your responses in that light.

The onin.com forum (http://onin.com/fp/wwwbd/) is also available for more formal latent print-related discussions.


UPDATES on CLPEX.com this week...

No major updates on the site this week.... I will be reworking the bookstore since it was quite popular in person at the conference!  :)

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Until next Monday morning, don't work too hard or too little.

Have a GREAT week!


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