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Prof. Jackie McMurtrie’s cleverly titled article Swirls and Whorls: Litigating Post-Conviction Claims of Fingerprint Misidentification After the NAS Report was published last month in the Utah Law Review. It has since been referenced on Complete Latent Print Examination, Federal Public Defender Central District of California, The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, and noted as an "excellent article" on the Tenth Circuit Blog. McMurtrie’s article discusses cases of erroneous fingerprint identification and legal challenges to the evidence. It also reviews areas, notably Comparative Bullet Lead Analysis and Shaken Baby Syndrome, where petitioners have successfully raised post-conviction claims based upon new developments in forensic science. As director of the Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) Clinic, she represents indigent people in Washington State who are serving long prison terms, who proclaim their innocence, and who no longer have a right to court-appointed counsel."

Within the article she explains that Although the IPNW Clinic is particularly active in pursuing DNA testing on physical evidence to demonstrate innocence, we also represent clients in non-DNA Cases. We are currently investigating two cases where latent fingerprint matches were the only evidence linking the defendant to the crime.

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