Defendant fails to convince court that fingerprint expert’s opinions fell below Daubert standards

The defendant was charged with the federal offense of felon in possession of a firearm. The defendant sought to suppress the testimony of a fingerprint expert who opined that that “the likelihood of obtaining a fingerprint of comparable value on a handgun is usually less than 5%.” The expert explained that this probability was based on his personal experience in fingerprint testing. The Court ruled that his opinion and testimony was sufficient under Daubert standards and denied the defendant’s motion to suppress.

U.S. v. Phillips, 2015 WL 7008576 (E.D. Michigan, Southern Division, 2015)

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