Rhetoric and Comp 1
16 December 2015
Don’t Believe In Everything You See
All over the world and as far as many people can remember, fingerprints have been used as a symbol of truth and justice in the forensics domain. The art of fingerprinting has been seen as a closure to many major crimes that have put many people in prison. However, in his article “Do Fingerprints Lie?” Michael Specter examines that fingerprinting has given rise to many questions as of the late 20th century. Fingerprints have been taken for granted, almost like money, which in this century, people believe is the best item to be handed to us. People tend to take what they hear, and just go with it without research or background knowledge. This practice has not been challenged as many concepts should. Specter brings in a solid argument with a lot of knowledge to support his claims and factual evidence to set his article with high credibility. While Specter builds a strong argument, he fails to consider how fingerprints have improved the forensic process.
The article “Do Fingerprints Lie?” is a critical analysis on the negative usage of fingerprints. Specter is going against the idea that fingerprints are always the best way to figure out if someone is guilty He starts of by talking about a jury case where Shirley Mckie is falsely accused of perjury. Mckie’s fingerprint was found at a scene of a crime of a murder and her fingerprint was analyzed to match that of the actual