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Remember 'Ballistic Fingerprinting'?......

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    Remember 'Ballistic Fingerprinting'?......

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/loc...home-headlines

    'Police expert lied about credentials'

    A high-ranking police ballistics expert who testified in courts throughout Maryland and neighboring states killed himself after being confronted with evidence that he had lied about his credentials - a revelation that defense attorneys say could force new trials for some of the hundreds of people he helped convict.

    Joseph Kopera, head of the Maryland State Police firearms unit, claimed on witness stands to have degrees that he never earned, state police acknowledged yesterday as they began notifying prosecutors and defense attorneys across the region of their findings.

    The top prosecutor in Baltimore County and the U.S. attorney for Maryland also said they would review cases that included testimony from Kopera.

    Questions regarding the longtime firearms and toolmarks examiner's credentials were raised several weeks ago by state public defenders working with the Innocence Project, a small unit of lawyers who represent defendants they believe have been wrongfully convicted......
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    Well - that even more makes a mockery of ''ballistic fingerprinting'' ........ a devastatingly costly failure even in itself - but add in false ''expert witness'' to the formula and yeah - great huh!

    Wonder how he got away with it so long too. Makes ya think hmmmm. Wonder how many otherwise innocent folks went down due to his ''expert'' testimony.
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    I hope all the people convicted by this fraud sue the crap out of the state of Maryland. What a joke, they didn't even check out the guys credentials and he was affecting lives.
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    Ooops. Hate when that happens. State has a star witness that commits perjury for years? Kinda kills a little more faith in the system, doesn't it?
    eschew obfuscation

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    Quote Originally Posted by SammyIamToday View Post
    I hope all the people convicted by this fraud sue the crap out of the state of Maryland. What a joke, they didn't even check out the guys credentials and he was affecting lives.
    What goes around, comes around...and Maryland...here it comes!

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    Remember it??

    Maryland STILL has it! It has cost the state millions, and last I heard you can literally count the number of convictions through it's use on ONE hand!

    This latest scandal just adds more fuel to the fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    Remember it??

    Maryland STILL has it! It has cost the state millions, and last I heard you can literally count the number of convictions through it's use on ONE hand!

    This latest scandal just adds more fuel to the fire.
    I didn't know there had been ANY convictions using 'ballistic fingerprinting'...you mean there has been one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm View Post
    I didn't know there had been ANY convictions using 'ballistic fingerprinting'...you mean there has been one?
    Yes. I read an article last year when they tried to get the Maryland law revoked that there had actually been something like 2 where the "fingerprinting" has helped in getting convictions.

    On the down side, that is out of tens of thousands of cartridge cases documented at the cost of millions of dollars since the program started.......... Hardly cost effective.
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