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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI's sense of superiority over its Spanish counterparts was partly to blame for a U.S. lawyer's detention after a fingerprint match erroneously linked him to the 2004 Madrid train bombings, a Justice Department audit showed on Friday.
While forensic scientists have long claimed fingerprint evidence is infallible, the widely publicized error that landed an innocent American behind bars as a suspect in the Madrid train bombing alerted the nation to the potential flaws in the system. Now, UC Irvine criminologist Simon Cole has shown that not only do errors occur, but as many as a thousand incorrect fingerprint â€œmatchesâ€ could be made each year in the U.S. This is in spite of safeguards intended to prevent errors.
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A lawsuit filed by Brandon Mayfield, the Muslim lawyer detained for two weeks because of a faulty fingerprint match that linked him to last year's Madrid bombings, went to trial on Friday as the U.S.
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