Rubber stamp

Is a rubber stamp signature legally binding

History of Rubber Stamps Charles Goodyear is credited with the idea of vulcanizing rubber for commercial uses. The vulcanization process includes heating rubber with sulphur to expand the flexibility and strength of the rubber product. These products, in turn, came into modern day uses with tires, rubber soles of shoes, and rubber stamps. Modern Day…

How to tell an Original Signature from a Copy

How to tell an Original Signature from a Copy

Natural Signature Questions often arise regarding handwriting and signatures in particular referring to whether the questioned signature is genuine or non-genuine. One of the first things to observe is to determine if the signature is naturally written. A signature that is naturally written will display tapered beginning and ending strokes, a variation in writing pressure…

Mastering attorney/expert relationships

Mastering attorney/expert relationships are difficult! Attorneys are often faced with finding a suitable expert to provide relevant expertise efficiently and in a cost-effective manner.  A document expert is frequently engaged when a suspect document requires determination of authorship or authenticity.  Nothing kills the love faster between the attorney/expert relationship until one or more of these…

Feigning Hand Preference?

An interesting case study in the May Journal of Forensic Science discusses individuals who feign handedness in crimes (i.e. the assailant is known to be left-handed whereas the defendant claims to be right-handed or vice versa). Usually a physician or forensic psychologists would be asked to test hand preference, but it’s known this can be…

What is it like being a forensic scientist?

It’s not like the TV shows…but better. Once training is completed and you are working your own cases, it’s like being the CEO of your own forensic agency. It’s a good career for those interested in science, technology, and law enforcement. With management support, you should be provided appropriate supervision, mentoring, on-the-job training and refresher…

To my Valued Clients!

To my valued clients, we have touched base by exchanging emails, phone calls or I was hired as an expert for your case.  Thank you for choosing me and I hope I was of assistance. Thus, you are receiving my inaugural newsletter to share forensic news, highlight interesting cases, and will get a sneak peek…

Winning Type Design

I was thrilled to attend a traveling exhibit supporting and promoting excellence in typography!  I’ve never seen so many inspiring and creative images. Hats off to the excellent students and designers.  The Type Directors Club regularly hosts design competitions and are recognized as the organization that represents the best in today’s  type design and type use. These…

Webinar for Duquesne University

So excited to be working with a former colleague, Lyndsie Schantz instructor at Duquesne University, to develop the first webinar for her students on Questioned Documents.  Check out the exciting research going on at Duquesne University’s Master’s of Forensic Science and Law program: http://duq.edu/academics/schools/natural-and-environmental-sciences/academic-programs/forensic-science-and-law/about-the-ms-in-forensic-science-and-lawforensic science program. Check back to hear the full webinar here!