Commentary March 4 Fingerprinting

Commentary March 4 Fingerprinting - expression of data,”...

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William Lu James Tracey March 4, 2009 A photograph is worth a thousand works. It can describe accurately a person’s description or deceptively skew it. For over a century, photographs have been used as evidence but the way society views it, changes as society evolves. In the early times of photography, people viewed the camera as God’s machine, recording the truth itself, not biased. But now people know that everything in the picture is not always true, such as the photographs of ghosts. We now know it was due to some natural force that tinkered with how the camera took the picture. Since they are not always true, then why even used it as evidence? Photographs was simply viewed as “an
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Unformatted text preview: expression of data,” similar to maps, diagrams, and portraits in which judges would analogize it. They simply aid the statement giving authority and significance to a testimony. The way how photograph was not quite resisted can be said the same to fingerprinting. First of all this evidence can be controlled. The judges get to choose whether the evidence is admissible which is important to them. Secondly, it does not threaten the judge’s position which is why photographs and fingerprinting is widely used instead of lie detectors. However, in my opinion DNA typing works the same way as fingerprinting and should be used in the court system....
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