This case involves a man who sought to purchase a brand new car at a local town dealership recommended to him by his neighbor. After discussing his criteria and potential options with an employee, he selected a car of his choice and moved on to signing the papers. The purchase contract involved in the sale of the car possessed a Lemon Law addendum which indicated that the car was used. The man does not remember ever signing the addendum and alleges it was fraudulently signed by the dealership.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. For how long have you been conducting handwriting comparisons like the one required for this matter?
- 2. Have you ever lectured or taught on the subject of handwriting forensics?
Expert Witness Response E-069866
I have 7 years of experience in conducting handwriting comparisons. I have given a lecture on handwriting forensics at a convention hosted by a professional organization for writers and have reviewed many cases similar to this. There are a number of different techniques that I am able to employ to determine whether this document was indeed signed by the customer, or if it was altered at a later date by the dealership.
This expert is a handwriting analyst and a forgery analyst at a major state university, and has studied handwriting analysis for over 40 years. He is a graduate of a school of Court Document Examiners and has studied numerous authorities of handwriting analysis in many examining disciplines such as Medical Graphology. He is certified by an international handwriting community, and is a skilled authority in handwriting identification. He has analyzed over 5000 handwriting specimens since becoming a state mental health professional and his work as a consultant for criminal profiling has gleaned the character profile from handwriting samples, in addition to his experience in performing forgery determinations.