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Fingerprint powder is a fine powder used by crime scene investigators, and others in law enforcement, to dust for fingerprints. The powder works by allowing the particles of the powder to adhere to residue left by the ridges of skin on the fingers, palms, or feet that make up a finger/palm/footprint. Once a fingerprint has been detected, it is compared to those on file to determine a match, as fingerprints are normally unique to an individual. Fingerprint powder has proven to be quite useful to Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, and Miles Edgeworth.

Bruce Goodman's murderEdit

Main article: Rise from the Ashes

In order to subtly aid Phoenix Wright's investigation into Bruce Goodman's murder, Lana Skye gave Miles Edgeworth a fingerprinting set to give to Wright and Ema Skye. Wright and Ema soon found a use for this gift when they found fingerprints in the police department's evidence room. The prints turned out to have been from Jake Marshall, and helped to solve the mysterious "murder" that supposedly occurred in the room. Wright later used the powder on an old piece of cloth that had a handprint on it, only for the mystery prints to belong to Ema. This turned out to be an attempt by Damon Gant to frame Ema for the SL-9 Incident, but Wright tricked Gant into admitting to have cut out the cloth himself, implicating him as the true culprit.

Teikun Ō's murderEdit

Main article: The Grand Turnabout
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During Edgeworth's confrontation with Sōta Sarushiro, Edgeworth tried to tie Sarushiro to the kidnapping of Shimon Aizawa. He remembered that he had touched a truck near the location of the kidnapping, and had Ema Skye dust an identical-looking truck owned by Sarushiro. His own prints were indeed found, identifying the two trucks as one and the same.

Pal Meraktis's murderEdit

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The results of using the powder on the safe in the Meraktis Clinic.

Nine years later, Apollo Justice encountered an unfriendly Ema Skye, who was now a homicide detective investigating the murder of Pal Meraktis at People Park. Detective Skye, although initially very unhelpful due to her bitterness at failing to become a forensic scientist, soon became much more eager to help Justice when he presented a fingerprint set that Wright had given him. Justice used it to detect fingerprints from a knife that his client, Wocky Kitaki, had touched, and to work out the passcode for a safe in the Meraktis Clinic office by seeing which keys had previously been pressed.

Manov Mistree's murderEdit

Main article: The Magical Turnabout

Two years later, Justice met Detective Skye again, who had since become much happier and more helpful owing to the fact that she had finally become a forensics scientist. Skye was investigating the murder of Manov Mistree, better known by his stage name of "Mr. Reus", and allowed Justice and his partner Athena Cykes to dust for fingerprints on a prop coffin used in the magic show in which Mistree had been killed. Three sets of fingerprints were soon found: an oddly-placed set belonging to Mistree himself, a normal set belonging to Bonny de Famme, and a third set belonging to a then-unknown person. During subsequent trial, it was determined that the reason for the odd placement of the Mistree prints was that the sides of the prop coffin had been switched. It was also revealed that the third set of prints belonged to Bonny's twin sister, Betty.

The yellow suitcaseEdit

Main article: Turnabout Revolution

Several weeks later, Detective Skye encountered Justice, Trucy Wright, and Dhurke Sahdmadhi during her investigation into the death of Dr. Archie Buff in his private study in Kurain Village. During a search of the crime scene, a yellow travel suitcase was found, which it was determined had been left by a person who had visited the doctor on the night of his death. After Justice analyzed the fingerprints found on the suitcase, its owner was identified as Datz Are'bal.

See alsoEdit

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney evidence
The First Turnabout Attorney's Badge · Cindy's Autopsy Report · The Thinker · Passport · Blackout Record
Turnabout Sisters Attorney's Badge · The Thinker · Glass Shards · Receipt · Maya's Memo · Mia's Autopsy Report · Maya's Cell Phone · Wiretap · Floor Plans · May Testimony · Photograph · Photograph · Bellboy's Affidavit · Newspaper Clipping · Mia's Memo
Turnabout Samurai Attorney's Badge · Powers's Letter · Guidemap · Jack's Autopsy Report · Cardkey · Powers'(?) Photo · Samurai Spear · Sleeping Pill Bottle · Trailer Key · Vasquez's Memo · Script · Mr. Monkey's Head · Steel Samurai Card · URP Card · "Path to Glory" · Cody's Camera · Steak Plate · Five-Year-Old Photo · Van
Turnabout Goodbyes Attorney's Badge · Popper · Lotta's Camera · Robert's Autopsy Report · Lake Photo · Gourdy Article · Misty Fey's Photo · Edgeworth's Request · Overhead Map · Pistol Bullet · Pistol · Lotta's Deposition · Missile · Fishing Pole · Metal Detector · Air Tank · Second Lake Photo · Parrot · DL-6 Case File · DL-6 Incident Photo · Letter from the Safe · DL-6 Bullet
Rise from the Ashes Attorney's Badge · Wallet · Goodman's ID · Edgeworth's Knife · Prosecutor Trophy · Parking Stub · Blue Badger Panel · Letter of Introduction · Goodman's Autopsy Report · Lana's Cell Phone · Victim's Note · Parking Lot Floor Plans · Crime Photo · Victim's Shoe · Switchblade Knife · Luminol Testing Fluid · Steak Lunch · Goodman's Lost Item Report · ID Card Record · Evidence Room Floor Plans · Evidence Locker · Rubber Glove · Unstable Jar · Screwdriver · Fingerprinting Set · Marshall's Print · Security Video · SL-9 Incident Files · Gant Team Picture · Neil's Autopsy Report · Letter of Resignation · Gumshoe's ID · Evidence List · Strip of Cloth · Evidence Law · Lana's Picture
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney evidence
Turnabout Trump Attorney's Badge · Smith's Autopsy Report · Crime Photo 1 · Deadly Bottle · Wright's Cell Phone · Olga's Photo · Chip Photo · Crime Photo 2 · Victim's Hand · Bloody Ace
Turnabout Corner Attorney's Badge · Map · Bowl · Slippers · Mirror · Cell Phone · Trucy's Panties · Letter of Request · Fingerprint Powder · Little Plum's Bloomers · Knife · Meraktis's Autopsy Report · Noodle Stand · Wocky's Check-Up Report · Pistol · Detective Skye's Orders · Alita's Sandals · Lamp · Wocky's Chart · Bullet
Turnabout Serenade Attorney's Badge · Postcard · Lyrics Sheet · Investigation Request · Brooch · Revolver · Key Ring · Mixing Board · LeTouse's Autopsy Report · Crime Photo · Diagram · Video Tape · Headset · Remote Trigger · Forum Diagram · Igniter · Borginian Newspaper · Prosecutor Gavin's Guitar · Replica · Newspaper Article · Burnt Fragments
Turnabout Succession Attorney's Badge · Magic Show Ticket · Gramarye Envelope · Vera's Card · Portrait · Acrylic · Landscape · Coffee Mug · Hidden Painting · Red Envelope · Letter Box · Tiny Frame · Brushel's Card · Misham's Autopsy Report · Crime Photo · Magnifi's Autopsy Report · Notebook Page · Magnifi's Chart · Small Syringe · Magnifi's Letter · Stage Pistol · Magnifi's Letter 2 · IV Report · Magnifi's Diary · The Amazing Mr. Hat · Trucy's Locket · Transferal of Rights · Nail Polish · Commemorative Stamp · Thalassa's Portrait · Zak's Confession · Letter from Misham · Letter from Mr. Wright