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Judge Reverses Decision on Fingerprint Evidence

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Science  22 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5563, pp. 2195-2197
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5563.2195b

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A federal judge in Philadelphia has changed his mind and decided that fingerprint examiners should have their say in court--even if what they do isn't science. Worried that the January ruling would undermine one of their most powerful tools, federal prosecutors persuaded the judge to reconsider the issue.

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