Volume 45, Issue 5 (September 2000)

    Consecutive Matching Striation Criteria: A General Critique

    (Received 15 December 1998; accepted 25 October 1999)


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    In the forensic science of firearms and toolmark identification, examiners traditionally have drawn conclusions of identity from subjective criteria. This paper critically explores the general validity of one proposed objective-criteria regime—that of counting consecutive matching striations on fired bullets. Practical considerations are discussed, as well as theoretical ones, with both discussions viewed from the perspective of Bayesian logic. It is concluded that drawbacks exist for this particular objective-criteria regime, but that research and logical analysis should continue.

    Author Information:

    Bunch, SG
    Firearms-Toolmarks Unit, FBI Laboratory, Washington, DC

    Stock #: JFS14817J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14817J

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    Title Consecutive Matching Striation Criteria: A General Critique
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30