U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 13
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, MAY 13: FINGERPRINTS
Profile America — Friday, May 13th. The first criminal case in the U.S. in which fingerprint evidence was admitted into court occurred in May 100 years ago in New York City. Burglary suspect Caesar Cella was convicted by prints identified by Detective Sergeant Joseph Faurot. The first known crime case solved by fingerprint matching occurred 30 years earlier in Tokyo, but the unique pattern of each person’s fingerprints had been known since ancient Rome. Today, the use of DNA samples from crime scenes is the fastest growing area of forensic evidence. It has led to the conviction of an increasing number of the 1.6 million federal or state prisoners. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: American Speakers Calendar of Events
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 344
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau