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Microscopes in Courtroom now Providing Expert Testimony about Microscopial Evidence


Mccrone Microscopes & Accessories Now Providing Equipment to Attorneys to More Effectively Display Evidence

WESTMONT, IL (June 6, 2007) – McCrone Microscopes & Accessories, the instrument sales division of The McCrone Group Inc., internationally recognized as a world leader in microanalysis and the nation’s Premier Microscopy Resource, announced today that it will make its microscopes available to attorneys to use in courtrooms to provide expert testimony about microscopical evidence. McCrone can provide its sophisticated equipment along with a digital camera system to dramatically project evidence on a large color plasma screen.

“We are now fully capable of providing a jury or court with access to a laboratory in the courtroom,” said Jeffrey D. McGinn, Director of Instrument Sales, McCrone Microscopes & Accessories. “In the past, indistinguishable photographs possibly taken in an offsite laboratory were used to present critical microscopical evidence. We can now present the full impact of microscopical evidence so that it can be clearly viewed and the significance understood,” he added.

McCrone recently provided its equipment in the court proceedings of a wrongful death case. Dr. Cynthia Gardner, a forensic pathologist with the Office of the North Carolina Medical Examiner, was enthusiastic about the availability of a research grade microscope to discuss and detail evidence directly in the courtroom. According to Dr. Gardner, “The microscope in the courtroom made my complex testimony much easier for the jury to understand. And, the simplicity of the system’s operation made it very easy to use in the courtroom.”

“I would welcome the opportunity to use this type of mobile laboratory in the courtroom every time I am called to testify,” said Dr. Ciril Abrams, Pathologist, University of Chicago.

For additional information on how a microscope can be employed in the courtroom or for depositions contact McCrone Microscopes & Accessories at 630/887-7100 or visit

McCrone’s instrument sales division offers a complete line of Olympus microscopes, Linkam thermal stages, and numerous digital imaging systems, along with other microscopy related instruments, reference standards and resource books. McCrone’s Microscopes & Accessories Division is the authorized national dealer for Olympus polarized light microscopes, Linkam heating/freezing stages and numerous digital imaging systems, including SIS image analysis software, Q-Imaging cameras and PAX-it imaging software. The McCrone Division, established in 1960, offers one of the most complete lines of products and accessories for the optical microscopist.

About The McCrone Group
Founded in 1956 and located in Westmont, IL, The McCrone Group, Inc., is a world leader in materials analysis and is internationally recognized as the premier microscopy resource. The company is comprised of three business units: McCrone Associates, the analytical service division; McCrone Microscopes & Accessories, the instrument sales division; and the College of Microscopy, the education division that provides training to industry and government scientists worldwide. For more information about The McCrone Group, please visit

McCrone Associates, the analytical service division, is focused on solving some of the most difficult materials analysis problems along with the day-to-day needs of forensic, pharmaceutical, materials, and environmental laboratories, scientific researchers, and government organizations worldwide.

McCrone Microscopes & Accessories, the instrument sales division, offers a complete line of microscopes and microscopy related instruments, reference standards, and resource books.

The College of Microscopy, the Group’s new Learning Center, provides training to both industry and government scientists worldwide. The staff of The McCrone Group has been teaching scientists and researchers for more than 40 years. Today The College of Microscopy offers more than 35 courses a year to the technical and educational community around the world.

The Atlas of Microscopic Particles (, the Group’s new online particle resource, is the first of its kind internet-based particle reference for scientists, microscopists, and criminalists engaged in the materials identification area.