Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Published Opinions

Friday, April 22, 2005

Abreu: Fingerprint expert ok

In U.S. v. Abreu, No. 04-14376 (April 20, 2005), the Court affirmed a conviction for marihuana distribution, rejecting the defendant’s argument that the government’s fingerprint expert failed to satisfy the requirements of FRE 702.
The Court noted that other Circuits have found that fingerprint evidence is sufficiently reliable and meets the standards of FRE 702. Moreover, in view of the "broad latitude" of district courts in admitting evidence, the district court did not err in relying on the "general acceptance" of such evidence.