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Judge clears way for fingerprint evidence in trial

August 23, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Fingerprint evidence and related testimony will be allowed in the capital murder trial of an Arizona fugitive accused of carjacking and killing a retired Oklahoma couple, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Attorneys for John McCluskey had sought to have the key evidence thrown out, arguing that any testimony based on fingerprint comparisons done by a complicated automated system would be unreliable.

The motion claimed the mathematical system used to match the prints to McCluskey has an error rate of 50 percent, a standard too low to guarantee his right to a Login to read more

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