December 19th, 2002, 09:20 PM
Fingerprint technology faces test in court
When detectives were investigating the 1996 shooting death of a Pompano Beach man, they found faint handprints on duct tape wrapped around the body. But, at the time, the prints were useless to identify the killer.
That changed last year, when the Broward County Sheriff's Office turned one of the smudges into valuable evidence by using two controversial forensic techniques that prosecutors say reveal hidden clues. Using digital photography and computer software, technicians uncovered a print that was almost invisible to the naked eye.
Personally, I think evidence retrieved in this way shouldn't be allowed in court because it would be so easy to digitally change the image.
Maybe it is ok to use the technology to get a suspect, but the evidence should be void in court.
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