Comparing Handwriting in Questioned Documents

Authored by: Alan Julian Izenman

Handbook of Forensic Statistics

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138295407
eBook ISBN: 9780367527709
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780367527709-15

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Abstract

Handwriting and the analysis of questioned documents have had a contentious legal history throughout the centuries. Comparing handwriting in a genuinely written document with handwriting in a possible forged document has been treated in various ways in the courts of law: sometimes, such handwriting comparisons have been banned, while at other times, they have been allowed. In fact, as the knowledge and practice of handwriting has proliferated, so has the incidence of forgery.

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