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Science in court: The fine print

A single incriminating fingerprint can land someone in jail. But, Laura Spinney finds, there is little empirical basis for such decisions.

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See Editorial, page 325 ; Opinion, page 351 ; and online at .

Laura Spinney is a freelance writer based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Spinney, L. Science in court: The fine print. Nature 464, 344–346 (2010).

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