Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Update on Earprints

On 1/25/04, we posted on the difficulties encountered by earprinting as a forensic methodology in English and American courts. Undeterred by such evidentiary setbacks, enthusiasts at the University of Leeds in England have now developed a computerized database of British earprints, according to Reuters.

Felons of the world take note. It's not enough to bring gloves to the crime scene anymore. You'll need to wear earmuffs too.
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.