Black & White Forensics, LLC

"Because the truth isn't gray."

John P. Black, Owner


AAAS, Forensic Science Assessments: A Quality and Gap Analysis – Latent Fingerprint Examination, (Report prepared by William Thompson, John Black, Anil Jain and Joseph Kadane), September 2017.  DOI:10.1126/srhrl.aag2874

"Is There a Need for 100% Verification (Review) of Latent Print Examination Conclusions?"  Journal of Forensic Identification, 2012, 62 (1), 80 - 100.

"Explaining the Concept of Sufficiency to Non-Practitioners"  Evidence Technology Magazine, Volume 9, Number 6, Nov. - Dec. 2011, p. 8.

"Friction Ridge Examination (Fingerprints): Evaluating the Extent and Scope of 'Verification' in Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation and Verification (ACE-V)."  December 2010. In: Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester.

"Pilot Study: The Application of ACE-V to Simultaneous (Cluster) Impressions," Journal of Forensic Identification, 2006, 56 (6), 933 - 971.

"An Interesting Case Involving Footwear Distribution Information," Journal of Forensic Identification, 2005, 55 (4), 499 - 502.

Here's a bit of information to guide your decision to retain us for your consulting and/or training needs:

  • 28 years of service in Federal, State and private crime laboratories
  • Certified by the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Latent Print Examiner, Footwear Examiner and Senior Crime Scene Analyst
  • Consulted on cases throughout South Carolina, as well as Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia
  • Familiar with the current challenges to forensic evidence
  • Provided expert witness testimony in Federal and State courts on over 110 occasions in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Current member of the Friction Ridge Subcommittee under the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC)
  • Former member of the IAI's Crime Scene Certification Board, Ethics Committee, Editorial Review Board and Footwear/Tire Track Subcommittee
  • Conducted over 250 forensic training events throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Lebanon and Morocco
  • Published in peer-reviewed scientific literature