Shirley McKie fingerprint case

Shirley McKie fingerprint case

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‘Human error’ to blame in Shirley McKie fingerprint case

A public inquiry into the Shirley McKie fingerprint case has found that “human error” was to blame in the scandal which saw the former police officer falsely accused of perjury.


Shirley McKie family hope to find answers in released documents

THE father of former policewoman Shirley McKie has welcomed a decision by the Information Commissioner ordering the Scottish Government to release 131 documents relating to his daughter's case and the competence of the country's fingerprints experts.

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Shirley McKie fingerprint inquiry comes to a close

A LONG-RUNNING public inquiry into the Shirley McKie fingerprint controversy drew to a close yesterday.

Expert tells of dismay at McKie print mismatch

A US expert told how he got a "gut-wrenching" feeling when he realised a fingerprint at a murder scene did not appear to match that of a policewoman accused of leaving it.

McKie case: Fingerprint find was 'not critical' says ex-detective

A RETIRED detective involved in the Shirley McKie fingerprint case yesterday said he thought she overreacted when accused of leaving a print at a murder scene.

Shirley McKie 'romance' inquiry

A RETIRED detective chief inspector investigated whether Shirley McKie had a "romantic liaison" in the murder house where she was accused of leaving a fingerprint, an inquiry has heard.

Shirley McKie fingerprint inquiry opens

THE father of the policewoman wrongly accused of leaving her fingerprint at a murder scene said he hopes the public inquiry which opens today will establish the truth.

Fingerprint expert in Shirley McKie case wins job back

A FINGERPRINT expert who lost her job over the Shirley McKie affair has won her case for unfair dismissal.

McKie speaks of hope over inquiry

THE father of a policewoman accused of leaving her fingerprint at a murder scene said he hoped a public inquiry would ensure the affair was never repeated.

Northern Irish judge will head McKie print inquiry

A PUBLIC inquiry into the Shirley McKie fingerprint scandal will begin in September, led by a senior judge from Northern Ireland, the Scottish Government announced yesterday.

New fingerprint agency 'shambolic'

REFORM of police forensic services in the wake of the Shirley McKie fingerprint scandal has been branded a "shambolic" failure by staff.

McKie anger as SNP breaks pledge on fingerprint probe

THE father of Shirley McKie has condemned SNP ministers for breaking their high-profile pre-election promise to hold an inquiry into the fingerprint scandal.

Angiolini 'tried to protect her predecessor' in McKie inquiry

LORD Advocate Elish Angiolini lobbied to protect her predecessor from scrutiny in the forthcoming public inquiry into the Shirley McKie fingerprint scandal, according to government sources.

Inquiry into Lockerbie link to McKie prints 'cover-up'

CONTROVERSIAL claims that mistakes made in the Shirley McKie fingerprint case were covered up so they would not affect the Lockerbie bombing prosecution are to be investigated in a judicial inquiry, it was reported yesterday.

Ministers face a grilling in McKie judicial inquiry

A JUDICIAL inquiry into the notorious McKie fingerprint case is set to investigate claims that the cover-up over the affair was linked to fears it would scupper the Lockerbie prosecution.

Last of five fingerprint experts in McKie case is sacked

THE last of the fingerprint experts at the heart of the Shirley McKie scandal has been sacked, it emerged today.

Police officer tried to block McKie book

THE police officer in charge of the murder inquiry that prompted the Shirley McKie fingerprint scandal threatened legal action to prevent the publication of a new book which suggests that detectives framed the chief suspect, The Scotsman has learned.

McKie's father welcomes fingerprint jobs cull

THE departure of four fingerprint experts at the centre of the Shirley McKie case was a "necessary cull", her father said last night.

McKie doubts are crippling justice

WHAT will it take to make Jack McConnell and his ministerial colleagues see sense over the issues arising from the Shirley McKie case? The scandal of the mistaken attribution of a fingerprint found at a murder scene has already ruined the ex-policewoman's career and stained the reputation of the Scottish Executive.

Fingerprint failings put pressure on the 'minister for injustice'

THE justice minister, Cathy Jamieson, was facing calls for her resignation last night after a damning report into the country's fingerprint service found it was still beset with "fundamental weaknesses" - ten years after the Shirley McKie case first highlighted problems.

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