Not only do each and every one of us have very individual traits and looks but we have one thing that makes us completely unique and cannot be altered: these are our fingerprints. Fingerprints - and their individuality - are one of the most important pieces of evidence that can be presented in the prosecuting of any crime. Classifying Fingerprints Back in 1892 … [Read more...] about Fingerprints: Principles and Classification
Law enforcement uses a number of different methods and tools to help solve crimes. One process that has gained great attention in modern times is called criminal profiling. This method is especially useful in solving violent crimes, including abductions, sexual assaults and murders. What's Criminal Profiling? Criminal profiling, or offender profiling, is the process of … [Read more...] about The Criminal Profiling Process
Brain activity can be used to tell whether someone recognizes details they encountered in normal, daily life, which may have implications for criminal investigations and use in courtrooms, new research shows. The findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggest that a particular brain wave, known as P300, could … [Read more...] about Brain Wave may be used to Detect what People Have Seen
Fingerprint examiners use the ACE-V (analysis, comparison, evaluation and verification) method to reach a determination on each print. Analysis involves assessing a print to determine if it can be used for a comparison. If the print is not suitable for comparison because of inadequate quality or quantity of features, the examination ends and the print is reported as not … [Read more...] about ACE-V Method: the Fingerprint Analysis Process
When the Boston Marathon bombing occurred, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was 19 years old. That means he could face the death penalty if convicted in the bombing. If the bombing had occurred two years earlier, when he was 17, that wouldn't be possible. The Supreme Court banned the death penalty for juveniles in 2005. In that case, the court received briefs from the American … [Read more...] about Should Neuroscience save Tsarnaev from the Death Penalty?