Handwriting Identification: Facts and Fundamentals

Roy A. Huber, A.M. Headrick

April 15, 1999 by CRC Press
Reference - 456 Pages
ISBN 9780849312854 - CAT# 1285


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  • Provides overview and fundamentals of handwriting examination
  • Describes, precisely, the 21 discriminating elements of writing by which one writer may be distinguished from others "...and by which one person may be associated with writings that he/she has executed."
  • Analyzes the role and scope of the handwriting examiner
  • Delineates both the strengths and weaknesses of this area of forensic document examination (FDE)
  • Provides the most complete axioms, maxims, principles and laws pertaining to the study of writing and writing identification
  • Offers a glossary of 372 items related primarily to handwriting, that is larger than any other
  • Identifies the area, "conspect reliability", where research needs to begin to advance handwriting examination into the dominion of science
  • Summary

    "Forensic document examination is the study of physical evidence and physical evidence cannot lie. Only its interpretation can err. Only the failure to find it, or to hear its true testimony can deprive it of its value."
    - Roy Huber, author

    A definitive review of handwriting identification, this book presents, in a general manner, how to approach document examination and then, in particular, how to apply handwriting identification to the document. Types of handwriting are discussed in detail.

    For the first time in the field of questioned document examination, Handwriting Identification: Facts and Fundamentals consolidates the pertinent information from published and unpublished sources respecting writing, that is essential to the expansion of a practitioner's general knowledge of handwriting identification and to the proper education of novices. Written in a question and answer format, the book suggests some of the questions that one might ask of an examiner and provides the answers that knowledgeable and competent examiners should be expected to give.

    This book is a valuable addition to law libraries and to every practicing document examiner, as well as every lawyer handling cases in which the authenticity of handwriting might be disputed.