Fingerprints at the crime-scene: Statistically certain, or probable?


  • Cedric Neumann

    1. Currently an Assistant Professor in Statistics at Pennsylvania State University. Cedric obtained his Ph.D. in Forensic Science from the oldest forensic programme in the world at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has worked on forensic projects for the United States Secret Service and has managed a research team at the Forensic Science Service in the UK.
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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.