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Title: Handwriting Examination: Moving from Art to Science

Abstract

The scientific basis for handwriting individuality and the expertise of handwriting examiners has been questioned in several court cases and law review articles. The criticisms were originally directed at the proficiency and expertise of forensic document examiners (FDE's). However, these criticisms also illustrate the lack of empirical data to support and validate the premises and methodology of handwriting examination. As a result the admissibility and weight of FDE testimony has been called into question. These assaults on the scientific integrity of handwriting analysis have created an urgent need for the forensic document examination community to develop objective standards, measurable criteria and a uniform methodology supported by properly controlled studies that evaluate and validate the significance of measurable handwriting characteristics.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
15001462
Report Number(s):
PNNL-12180
400403909; TRN: US200404%%140
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; HANDS; DOCUMENT TYPES; CRIME DETECTION; STANDARDIZATION; statistics, forensics

Citation Formats

Jarman, Kristin H, Hanlen, Richard C, and Manzolillo, P A. Handwriting Examination: Moving from Art to Science. United States: N. p., 1999. Web. doi:10.2172/15001462.
Jarman, Kristin H, Hanlen, Richard C, & Manzolillo, P A. Handwriting Examination: Moving from Art to Science. United States. doi:10.2172/15001462.
Jarman, Kristin H, Hanlen, Richard C, and Manzolillo, P A. Fri . "Handwriting Examination: Moving from Art to Science". United States. doi:10.2172/15001462. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/15001462.
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title = {Handwriting Examination: Moving from Art to Science},
author = {Jarman, Kristin H and Hanlen, Richard C and Manzolillo, P A},
abstractNote = {The scientific basis for handwriting individuality and the expertise of handwriting examiners has been questioned in several court cases and law review articles. The criticisms were originally directed at the proficiency and expertise of forensic document examiners (FDE's). However, these criticisms also illustrate the lack of empirical data to support and validate the premises and methodology of handwriting examination. As a result the admissibility and weight of FDE testimony has been called into question. These assaults on the scientific integrity of handwriting analysis have created an urgent need for the forensic document examination community to develop objective standards, measurable criteria and a uniform methodology supported by properly controlled studies that evaluate and validate the significance of measurable handwriting characteristics.},
doi = {10.2172/15001462},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Apr 09 00:00:00 EDT 1999},
month = {Fri Apr 09 00:00:00 EDT 1999}
}

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