CBS Star Witness – In his Own Words

Just 2 short years ago, CBS’s Star witness, Marcel Matley wrote a book titled,
Using and Cross-Examining Handwriting Experts.” (pdf)

In it, he denounces his own methodology he used for CBS:

The Problem with Copies

Do not passively accept a copy as the sole basis of a case. Every copy, intentionally or unintentionally, is in some way false to the original.

In fact, modern copiers and computer printers are so good that they permit easy fabrication of quality forgeries. [heh -ed] From a copy, the document examiner cannot authenticate the unseen original but may well be able to determine that the unseen original is false. Further, a definite finding of authenticity for a signature is not possible from a photocopy, while a definite finding of falsity is possible.

Why didn’t you tell Dan Rather that Mr. Matley?

Update below the fold:

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I mentioned this below but I got a few mails so I’l expand on it here. Matley’s CV ain’t that impressive.


-Certification with commendation, Paul de Sainte Colombe Center, January 28, 1981

-Awarded Charter Membership Certificate for professional excellence, Paul de Sainte Colombe Center, April 8, 1982.

-Consultant and mentor to other document examiners.

-Honorary membership, National Questioned Document Association, March 1992. [couldn’t afford the dues for a real membership? -ed]

-Consulted by Texas Education Agency, Proprietary Schools Div. and other agencies.

-San Francisco Tax Registration Certificate. Expiration date: 12-31-95 [Pssst- It’s expired -ed]

-Activity Approval, Committee on Minimum Continuing Legal Education, The State Bar of California, March 27, 1995

Not a very impressive set of credentials. My favorite was “San Francisco Tax Registration Certificate.” He has a sales tax number. You almost never see a business with one of those.


-Saint Francis College, El Cajon, CA 1952-54. Liberal arts, Science.

-Immaculate Heart Seminary, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 1954-60.

-Courses included Philosophy, Logic, Rational Psychology, History, Rhetoric.

-Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, CA. MALS, June 1963

-San Diego State College, San Diego, CA, 1962-63. l Graduate studies, Political Science.

-1979-80 Privately instructed by Rose Toomey, author of HEALTH CLUES IN HANDWRITING.

-Seminar on the handwriting of criminals, conducted by Ted Widmer of San Francisco.

-1991 and 1992 National Conference of NADE, and other seminars and conferences.

-On-going research in the legal, forensic and academic literature.

-Primary research in methods of disguise, writing with the opposite hand, and others.

It’s not an embarrassing CV, but certainly when making the decision about who is going to be the leader of the free world, I want a guy with just a few more letters behind his name. Maybe that’s just me.

CBS has nothing to crow about.

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