Courtroom Testimony for the Fingerprint Expert
Courtroom Testimony for the Fingerprint Expert was written by retired FBI Supervisory Fingerprint Specialist Gary W. Jones. This 114 page 5 ½" by 8 ½" book is a valuable text in preparing you to testify as an expert witness in court. You will refer to this text over and over to become more effective as an expert witness.
CHAPTER 1 — Preparation
The Pre-Trial Conference Qualifying Questions
CHAPTER 2 — Dress and Appearance
- Male Expert
Distractions in Personal Appearance
CHAPTER 3 — Courtroom Demeanor
- The Witness Room
Prior to Testifying
Prior to Entering the Courtroom
Taking the Oath
Demonstrating Charted Enlargements
The Five Basic Rules of Testimony
CHAPTER 4 — Defense Tactics
- Tactics and Questioning
CHAPTER 5 — Fingerprints — A True Science?
CHAPTER 6 — The Fingerprint Expert's Credentials
Resume and Curriculum Vitae
CHAPTER 7 — Cross-Examination
- Age of a latent
Number of Fingerprint Characteristics Needed to Effect an Identification
What is an Expert
Mistakes of Infallibility
Processing for Latent Prints
Lines of Questioning
CHAPTER 8 — Defense Attorneys, Prosecutors, Juries, Judges and Reporters
- Defense Attorneys
Private Fingerprint Consultants
CHAPTER 9 — Mock Trials
The Trainee/Expert Witness
The Defense Attorney
Critiques and Evaluations
A Personal Note
Glossary of Fingerprint Terms
About the Author
Gary Jones began his career in fingerprint work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1964. At the time of his retirement in 1997 he was a Supervisory Fingerprint Specialist in the Latent Fingerprint Section. During his retirement he operated a private fingerprint consulting business, "Gary W. Jones Fingerprint Services," in Summerfield, Florida.
On numerous occasions Mr. Jones presented fingerprint testimony in federal, state and local courts throughout the United States and was accepted as an expert in each instance. He instructed federal, state and local law enforcement personnel throughout the United States in all aspects of fingerprint science, including the presentation of expert courtroom testimony.
Gary Jones wrote articles relating to fingerprint science and was published in the International Association for Identification's (IAI) publication The Journal of Forensic Identification. He was also the co-author of the FBI's Latent Fingerprint Training Manual. Mr. Jones was a member of the IAI, the Florida Division of the IAI, and served on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Division of the IAI.
A Comment From the Author
The criminal trial is the final phase in an often long road of hard work by many individuals. What a waste when after all the hours of investigation, laboratory examinations, surveillance, dangerous undercover work, gathering witnesses, pre-trial conferences, legal research, etc., it all ends in disaster because an expert failed on the witness stand. When presenting testimony, it is not enough to tell the truth; the expert must also make the truth appear to be the truth. Effective courtroom testimony involves knowledge, experience, training, preparation, demeanor, and appearance. This book will attempt to address some methods and techniques that will aid the fingerprint expert in presenting the most convincing testimony possible.