Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: Downtown San Diego
MCLE: 1 hour general participatory credit
About This Class:
Most work performed by forensic document examiners is authentication of handwriting. The majority of this work is authentication of signatures. The forensic document examiner uses tools such as microscopes to examine the writing in question to find small details that a simulator will not discover. The document examiner can determine whether the questioned writing fits within the patterns observed in the person’s known writing.
This seminar uses case studies to illustrate methods of authentication. Cases include the Zodiac Killer and the 2018 Zahau v. Shacknai case that resolved whether Rebecca Zahau was murdered or committed suicide at the Spreckels Mansion on Coronado Island.
Topics covered include:
- Handwriting identification techniques
- The 21 attributes of handwriting examined by forensic document examiners
- When are various tools used to examine handwritten documents?
- What are generally accepted methods of examining handwritten documents?
- What is the basis of handwriting comparison?
- What is the difference between simulated writing and disguised writing?
About the Speaker:
Mike Wakshull is a court-qualified forensic document examiner. He has been qualified as an expert witness in California Superior Courts and Federal District Court. He has testified in will contests, contract disputes, and other cases.