Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Handwriting Analysis Defended

A reader has chimed in to defend handwriting analysis, which is more frequently challenged than some forensic techniques, but not, apparently, with much greater success. According to the reader, the appellate track record of handwriting identification in the Daubert/Kumho era is "spotless."
Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.