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CASE ENTRY

United States v. Bonds

In 2004, FBI fingerprint analysts finger the wrong guy for a terrorist bombing in Spain. Fast-forward to the present: Using the same (though perhaps updated) method, FBI fingerprint analyst fingers man for 2015 bank robberies. Should the man have been allowed to bring up the 2004 incident at his trial? The Seventh Circuit says no; by all means, cross-examine analysts about the method’s error rates, but identifying a specific wrongful imprisonment would appeal to the jury’s emotion and not their reason.


Tags: 2019, Evidence, FBI, Seventh Circuit

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