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You would be amazed at how vanishingly few the number of cases are where a signature is disputed. Signatures are easy, quick and don't require you having inky fingers all the time. They are so useful that to throw them out to deal with infinintesimally small fractions of disputes over their veracity (bearing in mind that 99.999999999% of contracts never ...


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Fingerprinting as a reliable and widely acknowledged means of identification only dates to about 1879 CE. Signatures have been in wide use for many, many centuries and were preceded by the use of official seals (a practice still in use in Japan). So, the use of signatures was deeply entrenched in the legal system long before fingerprinting existed, and ...


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Fingerprints are required in a number of states to get a CPA license. Under California Board of Accountancy Regulation 37.5 A licensee applying for renewal as a certified public accountant or public accountant who has not previously submitted fingerprints as a condition of licensure or for whom an electronic record of the licensee's fingerprints ...


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The historical and cultural context described by @ohwilleke is really the major reason why signatures are widely used to endorse documents, and fingerprints are not. However the question assumes that signatures cannot be verified with reliability. See https://www.crimemuseum.org/crime-library/forensic-investigation/handwriting-analysis/ and https://www....


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On their own, little to nothing of value. However, as a unique identifier of an individual, it can help identify who was in the vicinity of the body. This might not be the real killer, but Locard's Exchange Principle, which states "Every contact leaves a trace." Consider a case where a deceased man is found in a room that can only be accessed by four ...


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