(Received 4 February 1980; accepted 9 May 1980)
Published Online: October
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Some recent papers by document examiners have included discussions of findings stated in terms of probability and have raised questions about the propriety of giving such testimony in criminal trials. The present paper asserts the view that formation of a conclusion is progressive; that examination may be terminated in some cases with a statement of probability; and that the examiner must report whatever conclusion he or she has and must describe the evidence that brought about that conclusion. If, as the result of laboratory work, the document examiner is asked by competent authority to appear in court, he or she has an obligation to take the witness stand and respond to questions of attorneys and the court.
Examiner of questioned documents, Chevy Chase, Md.
Stock #: JFS11298J