Campus Units

Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE)"

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

4-2019

Journal or Book Title

Significance

First Page

25

Last Page

28

Abstract

On 11 March 2004, terrorists in Madrid, Spain detonated bombs on several commuter trains. In total, 191 people were killed and 1,400 were injured. After the bombing, examiners from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) identified a latent fingerprint found on a bag containing detonators and explosives as coming from an Oregon lawyer named Brandon Mayfield. Mayfield was arrested and held as a material witness for two weeks, until the Spanish National Police determined that the print did not, in fact, come from Mayfield, but from another man living in Spain.

Comments

The following article is published as Mejia, Robin, Maria Cuellar, Dana Delger, and Bill Eddy. "What does a match mean? A framework for understanding forensic comparisons." Significance 16, no. 2 (2019): 25-28. Posted with permission of CSAFE.

Copyright Owner

The Royal Statistical Society

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Legal Studies Commons

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