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Lack of forensic experts affects investigation
The News International, Pakistan - Sept 20, 2008
The Investigation Wing is now currently working without fingerprint experts who could have proved fruitful in tracing out fraud and murder cases. ...
Ex-programmer volunteers as crime-scene tech
AZ Central.com, AZ - Sept 20, 2008
"Most of these fingerprints I collect, nothing will ever come of it," Brehm said. She has dusted for prints on two vehicle burglaries so far. ...
Bombs show one fingerprint
Calcutta Telegraph, India - Sep 17, 2008
Forensic tests on bombs defused in the capital have thrown up the same set of fingerprints, which means one person did all the dirty work, ...
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IAI Conference Topics -
Louisville, Kentucky 2008:
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Updated the Fingerprint Interest Group (FIG) page
with FIG #62; Double-Tap; submitted by T. Cross of Texas. You can send your example of unique distortion to
For discussion, visit the CLPEX.com forum FIG thread.
Updated the forum Keeping Examiners Prepared for
thread with KEPT #36; Third Level Detail - Is It Permanent?,
by Michelle Triplett. You can send your
questions on courtroom topics to Michelle Triplett:
Updated the Detail Archives
we looked at an article by Simon Cole.
JoePolski relates the monthly IAI Update that covers
the IAI conference in Kentucky last month.
2008 Louisville Conference
IAI Monthly Update
by Joe Polski
The 93rd Annual International Educational Conference of the IAI is now
history and will go down in the annals as one of the best ever. With over
1,300 delegates, vendors and social attendees, the turnout was very, very
good considering that Louisville Kentucky is away from the large population
centers of the United States.
Our thanks to outgoing board members Mike Gaynor, Mona Lisa Maynard, Glen
Calhoun and last year’s board chair, Diana Castro for their years of
dedicated service to the IAI. We also thank Helga Langthon, the former
Division Representative for her service to the association. We will miss
each of them.
Congratulations to Debbie Leben who was elected to the position of Fourth
Vice-President and will leave her board position to assume that office. We
also congratulate new board members Joseph Means, Ray Jorz and Kathy Hentges
on their election to the Board of Directors and look forward to working with
them during the upcoming year. Congratulations to Ken Zercie who was
appointed by President Bob Garrett to fill the unexpired board term (one
year) of Debbie Leben who was elected to Fourth Vice-President and also to
newly elected Division Representative Dr. Jean Curtit.
The board meeting minutes will be published in a future of Identification
News but a few highlights follow:
• A presentation by Bill Vickers from the Department of Defense in which he
outlined the biometric mission of that department and explored opportunities
for mutual cooperation between the IAI and the DoD.
• Distinguished Membership status was awarded to John Onstwedder, Bill
Bodziak, Robert Romotowski and Tom Bevel.
• Moved ahead with planning for a Crime Scene Reconstructionist
Certification that will fall under the auspices of the Crime Scene
• Finalized the consolidation of the Robert L. Johnson and William Whyte
Foundations into the Johnson-Whyte Memorial Foundation Fund.
• Presented the Dondero Award to David Ashbaugh from British Columbia,
Canada for his work with friction ridge identification.
• Presented the Good of the Association Award to Debbie Leben for her
dedication of time and talent to the IAI and her work with the Twins Day
• Discussed the creation of a Forensic Anthropology Certification Program
and remanded that back to the Forensic Anthropology Sub-committee for more
• Discussed the feasibility of developing an IAI Latent Fingerprint
Proficiency Testing Program. Ken Smith will develop a business plan for this
possible future venture.
Molly Moriarty – IAI Office
Monday, September 08, 2008 was Molly’s last day here in the IAI Office.
Molly has been with us for the past five and a half years as part of the IAI
office staff. She performed many support activities for the IAI membership
but also handled the administration of the Crime Scene Certification Board.
Molly left to take a full-time position at Best Buy’s corporate office in
Richfield, MN. We are going to miss her contributions of time, talent and
dedication to the IAI and wish her will in her new endeavors. There will be
a slight realignment of duties in the office and, at least for now, Jennifer
will be handling most of the Crime Scene Certification matters.
We have hired a new person to take Molly’s position, Theresa Eisele. Theresa
will begin work later this week and we look forward to her contributions to
the association. Welcome Theresa!!!
ATTN: Division Secretaries and Officers
As a chartered division of the IAI, each division has a responsibility to
the IAI parent body to send any changes to the division’s constitution
and/or by-laws to this office for approval by both the IAI’s Legal Counsel
and myself. Below is an excerpt from the IAI’s by-laws that deals with this
Section 14.03 Approval of Amendments to Division Constitutions and By-Laws.
All amendments to division constitutions and By-Laws shall be submitted to
the IAI Chief Operations Officer, and shall not be effective until approved
by the IAI. The Chief Operations Officer shall administratively review the
submitted amendment or amendments. If there is a significant administrative
problem that cannot be corrected by consulting with the division, the
amendment or amendments will be returned to the division with written
suggestions on how to correct the administrative problem. After being
corrected, the amendment or amendments must be resubmitted for review and
approval. All amendments that pass the administrative review shall be
forwarded to the IAI Legal Counsel for review. If there are any legal
problems with the amendment or amendments, the IAI Legal Counsel shall
attach a written explanation of how to correct the legal problems and return
the amendment or amendments, with the attached written explanation to IAI
Chief Operations Officer. The IAI Chief Operations Officer shall forward
this documents to the submitting division. After being corrected, the
amendment or amendments must be resubmitted for review and approval. If
there are no administrative or legal problems, the IAI Chief Operations
Officer shall immediately notify the submitting divisions that the amendment
or amendments have been approved. However, if the Chief Operations Officer
does not take any action within six months after receipt by the Association,
the submitted amendment or amendments are automatically approved without any
further action by the IAI
This office and the IAI’s Legal Counsel make every effort to approve those
changes as soon as possible or to notify the division of any modifications
necessary before approval.
2009 Membership Directory
It hardly seems possible but 2009 is not far off. We have begun preparation
for the 2009 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. In the near future 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 2009 Directory. Thanks for your cooperation.
- Keeping Examiners Prepared for Testimony - #36
Third Level Detail - Is It Permanent?
by Michele Triplett, King County
Disclaimer: The intent of this is to
provide thought provoking discussion. No claims of accuracy exist.
Question –3rd Level Detail:
Is 3rd level detail permanent?
Yes. Once the blue print of friction
ridge detail is established, it remains the same until after death and
decomposition takes place.
Yes, it is permanent in that it always exists but it’s
possible that it may not always be reproduced in a latent print.
No, 3rd level detail is the shape of the ridges,
the shapes of the pores, and the shape of the ridge edges.
As people age, these shape can change.
3rd level details are features that are beyond 1st
and 2nd level details. Some of these are
permanent and some are not. For instance, a scar or a
tension crease may be permanent or it may be temporary. If it’s reproduced between an exemplar and a latent print then it can be
used for identification purposes.
The definitions for 3rd level detail are a little
vague. Some people may label a feature as 3rd
level detail while someone else may label it as 2nd level detail
(such as incipient ridges). If we’re using different
definitions then we’ll never completely agree on other aspects about these
features, like whether they are permanent or not. While
all of the answers above may be true under certain circumstances, d) seems
to be the most comprehensive answer.
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