Fingerprints at the crime-scene: Statistically certain, or probable?
Article first published online: 8 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Royal Statistical Society
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 21–25, February 2012
How to Cite
Neumann, C. (2012), Fingerprints at the crime-scene: Statistically certain, or probable?. Significance, 9: 21–25. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2012.00539.x
- Issue published online: 8 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 8 FEB 2012
Fingerprints have been used for a century to identify criminals. But, astonishingly, fingerprint experts rely on subjective opinion, not on objective science. Yet they are required to claim absolute certainty for their judgements – a certainty that is mythical. Cedric Neumann brings probabilities and the hope of better justice to the courtroom; with Julian Champkin he explains the idea.