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Tracking Handguns Through Handwriting
Date: September 30, 2005
Type of expert: Handwriting Document Examination. Carl McClary, ATF document examiner
Issue: Is a handwriting experts testimony admissible?
Summary of case: Defendant was convicted of a series of federal firearms violations. The prosecution produced a handwriting expert who testified that defendants signature matched one on a pawnshop receipt.
Role of the expert: Handwriting expert matched defendants signature to pawnshop receipt.
Expert analysis: Defendant argued that handwriting analysis was scientifically proven and thus failed the Daubert requirement. The Court ruled that handwriting analysis has the reliability that Daubert requires even if it does not have the status of scientific law. Handwriting comparisons have generally become accepted and Defendant didnt present any evidence that handwriting analysis was unreliable.
Summary prepared by J. Baik, Student, University of San Francisco School of Law