The Real CSI

The Real CSI

DVD - 2012
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Evidence collected at crime scenes -- everything from fingerprints to bite marks -- is routinely called upon in the courtroom to prosecute the most difficult crimes and put the accused behind bars. And though glamorized on commercial television, in the real world it's not so cut-and-dried. FRONTLINE investigates the serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science.
Publisher: Boston : WGBH, c2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Widescreen
Credits: Director of photography, Zachary Stauffer ; editors, David Espar, Stephanie Mechura.
Performers: Correspondent, Lowell Bergman.
Language Note: Includes English SDH subtitles
ISBN: 9781608837144
UPC: 841887017176
Call Number: DVD 363.25 REAL:CSI


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Oct 26, 2015

This is a documentary about the real "crime scene investigation", originally broadcast as an episode of the PBS series "Frontline" on April 17, 2012.
Following the 2004 Madrid train bombings, fingerprints on a bag containing detonating devices were found by Spanish authorities.
The Spanish National Police shared the fingerprints with the FBI through Interpol.
Twenty possible matches for one of the fingerprints were found in the FBI database and one of the possible matches was Brandon Mayfield, an American attorney in Washington County, Oregon.
You and I were told many times that no fingerprints of ant two different persons are the same, right?
The FBI described the fingerprint match as "100% verified".
His prints were in the FBI database because of his previous military serviecs.
He became the prime suspect because of his conversion to Islam.
But Mayfield had never been to Spain.
Surprisingly, the Spanish authorities informed the FBI they had other suspects in the case, Moroccan immigrants not linked to anyone in the USA.
The FBI disregarded the information from the Spanish authorities, and proceeded to spy on Mayfield and his family further.
The FBI arrested Mayfield at his office.
He was at first held at a Multnomah County jail under a false name, and later transferred to an unidentified location.
His family protested that Mayfield had no connection with the bombings, nor had he been off the continent in over 11 to 14 years.
On May 19 the Spanish authorities announced that the fingerprints actually belonged to an Algerian national, Ouhnane Daoud.
Brandon Mayfield was released from prison when the international press broke the story the next day.
It is an amazing, inspirational and eye-opening documentary.

kevfarley Mar 21, 2014

Amazing,.. and scary ! All about internet diplomas and fingerprint professionals who CHANGE their expert identifications, based on different 'stories' about the same prints,.. "4 out of 5 times" ! A must see for fans of "CSI".


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