S.C.A.F.O.'s - 62nd President

62nd President - THOMAS LaPISTO, 1999

This year the first challenge to fingerprint evidence using the new tests of scientific evidence established in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals (1995) would take place. The latent print evidence from an armored car robbery would be challenged.  The trial court allowed the print evidence and it was not until 2004 that the appeals court would rule:  United States v. Mitchell, 365 F.3d 215 (3d Cir. 2004). Admissibility affirmed; “Fingerprint identification satisfies standards for reliability established in Daubert and Kumho Tire.”

The 9th Annual Training Seminer took place at the Kellogg West Conference Center at Cal Poly Pomona on September 24th and 25th.  Included was a panel discussion  of well known experts that testified on the Mitchell Case, including Steve Meagher FBI, Edward German, US Army Crime Lab, and Kenneth Smith, US Postal Service Crime Lab and Chair of the IAI Latent Print Examiner Certification Board.

Tom was with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department during his Presidency.