Is There Any Place in Criminal Prosecutions for Qualified Opinions by Document Examiners?

    Volume 24, Issue 3 (July 1979)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 July 1979

    Page Count: 3


    Hilton, O
    Examiner of questioned documents, New York, N.Y.

    (Received 12 July 1978; accepted 1 February 1979)

    Abstract

    In the course of resolving submitted problems, document examiners may reach an opinion ranging from genuineness to forgery. In comparisons with standards, the opinion may range from “This person wrote the questioned material” to “This person cannot have written the questioned material.” However, not all opinions are positively yes or no. For a number of reasons an opinion may be qualified to some degree. These opinions are expressed in reports of findings, but should any opinion other than a positive one be part of the testimony in a criminal case?


    Paper ID: JFS10871J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10871J

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