Fingerprint evidence

Identifying fingerprints may have a role not just in solving crimes but also in everyday life.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM April 25, 2006

In May 2004, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed up at Brandon Mayfield's law office and arrested him in connection with the March 2004 bombing of a train station in Madrid, Spain. The Oregon lawyer was a suspect because several experts had matched one of his fingerprints to a print found near the scene of the terrorist attack.


But Mayfield was innocent. When the truth emerged 2 weeks later, he was released from jail. Still, Mayfield had suffered unnecessarily, and he's not...

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