Gerald Clough (Gerald_clough)
Post Number: 6
|Posted on Friday, September 05, 2008 - 02:09 pm: ||
I quite agree. If the impressions can, for instance, be determined to be that of a finger, and a less-than-sufficient quantity of clear detail can be reasonably situated relative to the finger tip orientation, and no such detail(s) can be found in the record, it is excluded. Rarely does anything that can be determined to be a fingerprint have NO value. It may support only the finding that the object was handled or handled in a particular way, but that is some information. So your example is "insufficient for identification" but may still be used for exclusion.
I engaged in what may be a brief discussion of the different natures of exclusion and identification on the Clpex discussion board under the Bottom-Up Analysis thread this week. I don't know if it will continue.