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Getting Scholarship Into Court Project
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Wayne A. Logan
92 B.U. L. Rev. 1561 (2012)
Identity has long played a critical role in policing. Learning “who” an individual is not only affords police knowledge of possible criminal history; it can also serve as a means of learning “what” an individual might have done. To date, however, these matters have eluded sustained scholarly attention, a deficit that has assumed ever greater significance as government databases have become more comprehensive and powerful. Identity evidence, in short, has suffered and continues to suffer from an identity crisis, which this article seeks to remedy. The article does so by first surveying the methods historically used by police to identify individuals, from 19th century efforts to measure bodies and note physical marks to today’s sophisticated biometric identifiers. As this history makes clear, the justice system in the United States has not kept pace with
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