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Monday, September 17, 2007

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Fingerprint Readers Could Prevent Fraud PERSONAL SAVINGS & FINANCE, UK - Sept 13, 2007 ...8 out of 10 people would be happy to swap their PIN keypad for a fingerprint reader...

Judge to Rule on Charges in Ex-NFL Star Case FLINT JOURNAL, MI - Sept 13, 2007 ...police found two prints on the car between the door handle and window...

Police Chief Sparks Fury With ‘no more McKie inquiries’  HERALD, UK - Sept 12, 2007 ...head of the new SPSA has said there should be no further inquiries into the Shirley McKie affair...

Crime Solving Done by Hand GCN.COM - Sept 10, 2007  ...Sheriff’s Department recently completed the installation of a new automated fingerprint identification system...

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Calls for Inquiry to be scrapped
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Here We Go Again: Objective Vs Subjective
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“When Forensics Fail" two-part series airs on Thursday, October 18th and 25th at 10 p.m. CT on MSNBC:

Many television crime dramas portray forensic science as the last word in law enforcement, but what happens, in real-life, when forensics fail? There are always two sides to every story and sometimes, there are two sides, or interpretations, to forensic evidence. MSNBC's "When Forensics Fail," premiering Thursday, October 18th at 11 p.m. ET/PT, looks at criminal cases in which forensic errors lead to wrongful convictions.

In many cases of wrongful convictions, human error is to blame, but in others it's unreliable science; recent discoveries are beginning to undermine forensic procedures that were once considered foolproof. Each one-hour episode of "When Forensics Fail" looks at two stories in which the use of forensics helped to convict the wrong person - a man convicted of murdering a bar manager, a mother convicted of killing her five-month-old son, a man sentenced to death-row for murder by arson, and a man convicted of killing his friend. In all of these cases, MSNBC identifies how forensic evidence, such as fingerprinting, impression evidence and toxicology, led to convictions and how some of that same evidence ultimately helped to exonerate those convicted.

Last week

we looked at a poster presentation at the IAI Conference in San Diego regarding the development of latent prints on porous surfaces through the steam application of a simple solution of ninhydrin and distilled water.  We also looked at the SWGFAST guidelines for validating a new or novel technique.

This week

Joe Polski brings us the September IAI Update

IAI Update
by Joe Polski

IAI Newsletter – Identification News

As noted in last month’s column, during the San Diego Conference, the Board of Directors approved the establishment of an IAI newsletter to be known as Identification News.  This newsletter will contain general information about the association, certification programs, new members, perhaps columns by the president, board of director’s information, science and practice committee information, certification board activities and news, scholarship fund information, division information and a great deal of “newsy” articles about the association.  Jon Stimac from Oregon has been appointed as the editor of Identification News.  For those of you who have been around the IAI for a number of years, you will remember the “old” Identification News, the official publication of the IAI from 1951 until 1987 when the Journal of Forensic Identification was created.  It was thought fitting that the name Identification News be used for this newsletter, continuing the tradition of that name from the past. 

Identification News
will be published in the “off months” from the JFI so it is anticipated it will be published and mailed in February, April, June, August, October and December.  The first issue is set to be prepared and mailed in February 2008.

Below is a commentary from Jon Stimac, the newly appointed editor of Identification News.  At the end of Jon’s commentary are two e-mail addresses where he can be reached.  If any of you have information you would like published in Identification News, please contact Jon directly. 

I am both excited and honored to take on the duties of Editor for the IAI’s Identification News.  Since 2001, I have published my own non-affiliated electronic newsletter, DactyloGram, pertaining to friction ridge individualization, but now my new responsibilities with the IAI will be even more challenging!

Although there are several intuitive purposes for this new bi-monthly IAI publication – such as providing articles of interest to members, communicating IAI committee information, certification news and routine messages from the president, the board chair, etc. – one pertinent addition will provide the opportunity for each Division/Regional chapter to share with the IAI membership their significant news, awards, events, achievements, presentations and/or bylaws additions.  For example, the Pacific Northwest Division recently presented its first “Outstanding Achievement Award” to a respected member, while an additional example could be how the Arizona, Nevada and Utah Divisional chapters have united once again for their 2nd Annual “Tri-Division Conference”.  (Accompanied this time by the Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists). 

It’s this type of Divisional information that we would like to share with all IAI members via the Identification News.  So, please don’t be modest or bashful – start promoting your Division by sending me the happenings occurring within your IAI Chapter!

And finally, during the 2008 IAI Educational Conference in Kentucky, I plan to coordinate a discussion group with those of you in attendance so that we may further explore and incorporate IAI Division/Region information within this new IAI parent-body publication.  Look for more information on this topic as we advance closer to August 2008!

 Jon T. Stimac

2007 San Diego Conference

The San Diego Conference is now history but I would be remiss if I did not thank the person who is responsible for the registration of each and every attendee at the Conference, Roy Reed.  Roy works tirelessly getting his computer systems ready to accept information from the registrants and is a “behind the scenes” guy who just keeps plugging along to ensure that each conference registration is correctly handled, that requested workshops are properly assigned and that the numerous problems that occur with registrations are handled with professionalism and efficiency.  Thanks Roy for a job very well done!!!

2008 IAI Membership Dues

In October, invoices for 2008 IAI membership dues will be mailed to all IAI members.  Please note that the Board of Director’s requested, and the membership approved, a dues increase for 2008.  Dues for all IAI members will be increased by $10 USD.  This is the first dues increase since 1998 and is necessary to continue to fund the programs and activities sponsored by the association.  Dues for US members will now be $70 per year; dues for non-US members will be $60 USD per year and dues for US student members will be $30 per year while dues for students outside the US will be $60 USD per year.

Please note this new dues amount when you receive your invoice in October.  It will not be possible to renew membership at the old rate of $60 USD per year.

2008 Membership Directory

It hardly seems possible but 2008 is not far off.  We have begun preparation for the 2008 Membership Directory and in that regard, if any members have a change of information such as title, address, phone or fax numbers, e-mail address etc., please submit those changes to this office as soon as possible.  During the next month we will begin to compile the data lists for the directory.  All directory information will be submitted to the printer around the first of November so any changes received after that date will not be reflected in the 2008 Directory.

Website Information

There are a number of websites “out there” that showcase IAI information, especially certification programs and obsolete forms.  Please keep in mind that information obtained from any website other than the IAI’s site should not be taken as the IAI’s official position.  This issue was brought to the IAI’s Board of Directors during the San Diego Conference and after a good deal of discussion, the Board passed the following resolution:

Motion by Steve Meagher, seconded by Debbie Leben, that the only official posting location for IAI programs is  Further, any other website postings are “unofficial” and should be relied upon only at the viewer’s risk; passed unanimously.

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