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AFTE News Archives- 2008

Below you will find news items posted to the AFTE Home page for the year 2008.  Most of the links included with each news item will still provide you with additional information but be advised, the pages that these links refer to have probably been updated several times since these news items were posted.  Also, some of the pages linked to may no longer exist.

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AFTE Journals Online- The AFTE Journals previously available on CD ROM have been converted to PDF files and can now be downloaded by AFTE members via the Journal Search page.  AFTE Journals


The technical papers given at the 2008 AFTE Training Seminar in Honolulu, Hawaii were recorded on DVD's and are now being offered for sale to AFTE members.  Additionally you can order DVD sets of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Training Seminars... For more information, click here!
NAS Response Update
(member's only)

AFTE members are encouraged to visit the President's Forum to view important documents related to the NAS Study... click here!


Firearm Analyst Training Program- A National Institute of Justice sponsored web based Firearms Analyst Training Program which was developed through a collaborative effort between the NFSTC in Largo, Florida and AFTE, has been released for use by the forensic science community at AFTE members- click here for more information.


Trial Court Rules in Favor of AFTE and Named Defendants- In December of 2006 a Trial Court ruled in favor of AFTE and named defendants.  Judgment was entered in favor of AFTE and the named defendants in January of 2007.

Thereafter, Mr. Paul Dougherty appealed the Trial Court decision to the California Court of Appeal.  On July 27, 2008, the Court of Appeal issued a unanimous decision affirming the Trial Court and awarding AFTE and the named defendants their cost on Appeal.

AFTE members can view the published decision by visiting the President's Forum
Non-members can view the decision by clicking here.


Newly Appointed AFTE Journal Editor (member's only)- The AFTE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Clow to the position of AFTE Journal Editor. For more information please visit the forum by... clicking here!


SWGGUN Statement on the NAS Ballistic Database Study- The Scientific Working Group for Firearm and Toolmarks (SWGGUN) has released an informational statement on the National Academy of Science (NAS), Ballistics Database Study report and its implications on the admissibility of firearms related court testimony. Visit the SWGGUN website to review the statement and accompanying documents... click here!

AFTE R&D Proposal Forum-  In an effort to encourage research in the science of firearms and toolmarks examination or identification, the Research and Development Committee is providing a forum on the AFTE website for the posting of research proposals... click here



Monday, May 19, 2008

AFTE 2008

The 39th annual AFTE training seminar is underway in Honolulu, Hawaii!!


AFTE members from all over the world have converged on the Hawaiian Islands this week to enhance their expertise in the greatest discipline of forensic science, Firearm & Toolmark Identification!  Workshops and lectures will be the course of business for the day over the next four days.  The meeting will culminate with the annual banquet Thursday night.


If you couldn't make it to the training seminar check back during the week for pictures and updates to the events taking place this week.


To view the seminar program that includes the schedule, abstracts of all lectures, and presentations for the week click on the link below.


AFTE 2008 Training Seminar Program  (pdf file)


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Workshop Cancellation!- Due to a family emergency the UV/IR Digital Photography Workshop scheduled for Wednesday night has been cancelled.  The recently announced Workshop, Ammunition Identification and CartWinPro, will be moved from Tuesday night to Wednesday night as an added alternative to those who may have already registered for the now cancelled UV/IR workshop.  Read More


Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Training Seminar Workshop!- A new workshop has been added to the 2008 Training Seminar schedule.  Workshop, Ammunition Identification and CartWinPro, will be taught by Axel Manthei on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 from 6–8 PM.  Read More


Goddard Award- Forensic Technology is proud to announce that, until April 25, 2008, it is accepting submissions for this year’s Calvin H. Goddard Award competition. This annual contest recognizes an individual or a group of individuals that has demonstrated excellence in the area of firearm identification. The prize consists of a scholarship to attend AFTE’s (Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners) 2008 Training Seminar to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from May 18, 2008, through May 23, 2008... Read More


Monday, March 31, 2008

AFTE 2008 Early Registration Deadline- Tonight at midnight EST the early registration fee for the 2008 training seminar ends.  If you are planning to attend the training seminar you will save yourself $50.00 by registering today. Read More


AFTE Dues Deadline- Another deadline for members!  Midnight EST is the cut off for the $25.00 discount members get by paying their dues before April 1st.  If you haven't paid yet today is the day to make that dues payment!!.. Read More


Thursday, March 20, 2008

AFTE Journal Editor Position Announcement- The AFTE Board of Directors is actively seeking the assistance from the membership for the position of AFTE JOURNAL Editor.  Mr. Matthew L. Noedel (Matt) has notified the BOD that he will be stepping down this year after 5 years of dedicated service to this organization as the Editor... Read More

Friday, February 1, 2008

AFTE 2008 Golf Outing- The Annual Garry Rathman Memorial Golf will be held at the beautiful Ko’olau Golf Club (, which was named one of the top two golf courses in Hawaii by Golf Digest in 1997... Read More


An updated list of CONFIRMED and PENDING workshops is also now available. The CONFIRMED workshops are now open for registration... Read More


Monday, January 14, 2008

AFTE 2008 Friends and Family Program- There are many activities to do in Hawaii and it was difficult to choose those that AFTE family and friends will enjoy.  New information is now available that provides a schedule of suggested activities... Read More






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