According to Smithsonian magazine, the first case in which fingerprint evidence was used in court to convict a person of a crime was more than 100 years ago. In that case, an intruder shot and killed a homeowner in a struggle. As he fled the house, the intruder left his unique mark on a freshly painted railing, however – an identifying impression that changed our criminal justice system forever.
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Retired prosecutor Robert Morgenthau recently died just 10 days short of what would have been his 100th birthday, but his mark on New York City is likely to last well into the future. One of the longest-serving public prosecutors in U.S. history, he built a reputation for taking on mobsters, politicians and people accused of white-collar crimes.
Although domestic violence was akin to a taboo subject and often shielded from public view in past generations, that is far less the case these days. Indeed, home-linked abuse is now – and has been for some years -- a hot-button topic in New York and nationally, with law enforcers being typically quick to act and aggressive in their follow up when responding to a contact for help.