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A history of false IDs
bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
20 October 2013
The death of a man who nobody is going to mourn leads Jerry Orbach and
Jesse Martin on the trail of a homicide of a case long solved. And the
investigating officer was none other than S. Eptha Merkessen way back
in her undercover days.
Turns out the deceased killed someone in the past and two people went
to prison for that crime, one of whom was killed in the joint. The case
rested on fingerprint identification and the woman in charge of the
police lab, Diana Scarwid did the ID.
It was a false ID and as it turns out she's got a history of that. It
will be quite a reach but DA Diane Weist has Sam Waterston charge
Scarwid for the murder in prison.
What she did was irresponsible in the extreme. In her defense we learn
that fingerprint IDs is not an exact science and one has a lot of
latitude. It's also what makes careers for defense lawyers. And Scarwid
sees it as her contribution to law and order.
A most thought provoking episode.
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