Who is Reed Hayes? Mike Zullo hired Reed Hayes after 212 experts turned down his requests to opine on the validity of the President’s long form birth certificate. That fact alone should raise a warning flag about Mr. Hayes. Reed Hayes is a member of the National Association of Document Examiners, NADE for short. NADE is one of several organizations that certifies document and handwriting analysts.
The most well known and respected organization for document analysts is the American Association of Questioned Document Examiners ASQDE. ASQDE and several other organizations require that their members pass a certification examination given by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, ABFDE. ABFDE requires that candidates train for two years at a recognized document laboratory before they are allowed to even attempt the certification examination.
These are the requirements for training and certification from the ABFDE web page:
3.0 Professional Experience Qualifications
3.1 Applicants are required to complete and document a full-time training period of at
least two years in duration, in a forensic laboratory recognized by the ABFDE.
3.1.1“Recognized” means that the applicant’s training program met the basic requirements for a training program described in ASTM E-2388 (Standard Guide for Minimum Training Requirements for Forensic Document Examiners). The key requirements are outlined below; please refer to Standard E-2388 for full details.
3.1.2 The ABFDE Credentialing Committee will consider whether the applicant’s training curriculum includes the following basic requirements.
18.104.22.168 Full-time training for a minimum of 24 months under the supervision of a principal trainer. The maximum period of training should not exceed four years.
22.214.171.124 Training that includes the topics addressed in the ABFDE Study Guide.
126.96.36.199 Training from a principal trainer who must also meet these requirements and have a minimum of five years of full-time experience following his/her training as a forensic document examine NADE on the other hand self certifies its members.
Contrast that with NADE’s certification requirements:
Members of NADE may participate in a certification program. In order to become certified, the candidate must:
- Submit an application which includes specifics related to various aspects of the candidate’s work as a document examiner.
- Pass a proctored, written examination given at the annual conference.
- Submit case files from a number of cases in which the candidate has testified as an expert witness in document examination.
- Submit a complete work-up of an assigned case.
- Pass an oral examination in the form of a mock trial based on a case that the applicant was assigned earlier in the certification process.
If you see quite a difference in the two you are not imagining things.
That brings me to the main point of the article. I looked at the NADE Code of Ethics, which is posted on their web site. It is really very good. I then compared the actions of Reed Hayes in the matter of President Obama’s Birth certificate with the tenets of the NADE Code of Ethics. I believe that I identified several sections that Mr. Hayes might have violated from what little we know about his analysis. After I gave it some thought I composed a letter to the President of NADE, Heidi Harralson.
I sent the following letter via email to Ms. Harralson and copied Mr. Hayes. I asked for their comments and gave them both the opportunity to send a response to my open letter to include with this article. Ms Harralson did not respond to either emails or phone calls. Although I gave Mr. Hayes a chance to respond I told him that I understood that his client Mike Zullo has requested that he not comment on his analysis.
I will report any response that I receive to my complaint. If you would like to use my letter as a template for your own complaint to NADE please feel free to do so.
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