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Ian Lloyd

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Certainly does David.

The other thing about this is that the majority (if not all?) of the handwriting analysis carried out for the WCR was carried out on copies, not originals. I believe that is a major flaw in the analysis in that, as I understand it, in order to carry out a meaningful analysis, the original handwriting must be available so that the person carrying out the analysis can include factors such as pressure and finer details to determine if the handwriting is 'natural' (i.e. genuine) or 'unnatural' (i.e. faked - someone trying to copy another's handwriting)...

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Not only the WCR analysis but especially the HSCA handwriting analysis.

The most important items were copies of copies:  The Money Order, The Klein's coupon, etc...  

The "experts" even warn us against such copies:

(86) Photographic reproductions could only be compared visually with other photographic reproductions or with original documents.  All conclusions based solely upon photographic reproductions are necessarily tentative and inconclusive, since they cannot reveal much about pen pressure and other dynamic qualities of handwriting.

they sometimes conceal, rather than reveal, evidence of tracings, alterations, erasures, or obliterated writing.

(71) Five items of evidence were not examined in the original, but
were copies . Photocopies have several limitations. They do not reproduce
all the fine details in handwriting needed in making an examination
and comparison. At best, they do not produce as sharp an image
as a properly produced photograph, and they lack tonal gradations,
a result of the contrasting process of reproduction . In addition, it is
possible to incorporate or insert changes and alterations into copies . A
method frequently used is to paste together parts of documents to make
one fradulent document, which is then copied. If the first copy can
pass inspection, it will be used ; if not, it will be reworked to eliminate
all signs of alteration.
This amended copy is then recopied for the
finished product. This is usually referred to as the "cut and paste"

(72) Document examiners only render a qualified or conditional
opinion when working from copies. They stipulate that they have to
examine the original before a definite opinion will be made


Edited by David Josephs
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