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Brits Develop Method for Lifting Prints from Wiped Cartridge Casings

September 05, 2008  | 

Authorities in Britain and the United States used the method to re-open three cold cases, including a U.S. double murder that police are now optimistic of solving, said John Bond, the physicist who developed the technique.

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prosecutorx @ 9/6/2008 1:01 PM

In 24 years prosecuting murders, I have had latent print examiners try to lift prints from hundreds of spent cartridge cases found at crime scenes. Not once has a print been found. That means these folks must be talking about prints on unfired cartridges found in recovered firearms. If that's so--and because we rarely recover a firearm we can tie to a particular homicide and because handling cartridges is weak evidence of having fired a weapon at a particular time--this new technique will be of very limited value in solving and prosecuting homicides.

Steve Rothstein @ 9/7/2008 1:56 PM

From the way the article is written, I think it might work with fired cases. The fact that they coul dnot get a print previously is irrelevant to this method if ti truly works. That is why they called it a new technique.

Steve Rothstein @ 9/7/2008 1:56 PM

From the way the article is written, I think it might work with fired cases. The fact that they coul dnot get a print previously is irrelevant to this method if ti truly works. That is why they called it a new technique.

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