67th President - Ed Palma

67th President - ED PALMA, 2004

This year, the FBI incorrectly identified a latent print in the Madrid Bombing investigation to a Brandon Mayfield.  We did not know it at the time, but for years to come this erroneous identification would be used to challenge the reliability of print evidence in courts and resulted in many new protocols within our field.
SCAFO made a cash give of $500.00 to help with the costs for a grave marker for fingerprint pioneer Dr. Henry Faulds.  The grave site is located in Beith Scottland

In February SCAFO went to the Cask n’ Cleaver Steakhouse in Fallbrook for a dinner meeting, the topic was Accident Reconstruction given by Stephen Plourd, retired CHP.

The Past-President’s Meeting took place at the San Onofre Beach Club on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.  This special meeting paid tribute to SCAFO Presidents and Wolford Awardees.  

The June meeting took place at JT Schmids Restaurant in Anaheim.  The topic was, Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction by Homicide Detective Paul Delhauser, LASD.

In August, SCAFO met for a dinner meeting at Steven’s Steakhouse in the City of Commerce.  Josh Evarts of Trancite Logic Systems made a presentation on “Crime Scene PD & Easy Street Draw”, a computer drafting program.  This program is used by many agencies to do scale drawing of crime scenes

The December meeting occurred at the Boathouse on the Lake Restaurant in Mission Viejo.  Frank Fitzpatrick retired Director of the OCSD Crime Lab spoke on the Madrid Bombing Erroneous Identification.  A special honor was bestowed on Past-President Jim Lawson and his wife Janet with the presentation of a plaque and gift certificate for their years of service to the association.  For many years Janet keep the books for the association, saving the association more than once and Jim served as our Treasurer for a number of year.

Ed was with the San Diego Police Department during his Presidency.