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DOJ/FBI Admit They May Have Abused Hair Analysis To Convict Hundreds To Thousands
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Quote:this following bit of news is horrifying, it's not that surprising: late last week, it was revealed that the DOJ/FBI have more or less admitted that they may have abused microscopic hair analysis in over 2,000 cases, leading to many convictions and a few people already put to death.

Apparently over 120 convictions, including 27 death penalty convictions are now seen as suspect due to the questionable analysis -- with more likely on the way.

The main issue was that the DOJ more or less lied about what hair analysis meant, and how accurate it is (it's not that accurate).

Also, when the DOJ realized this rather serious issue likely led to many false convictions, it started telling prosecutors only, but not defense attorneys.

The FBI began reviewing a few hundred cases, but notified only prosecutors of flaws, with the Department of Justice claiming they were not required to inform defendants or their lawyers.

In more than half of the 250 cases in which errors were initially identified, prosecutors never contacted defendants to inform them of the potentially exonerating evidence.

The DOJ since expanded its review to involve thousands of older cases from the 1980s and 1990s.

There's been plenty of talk lately about DNA evidence exonerating falsely convicted persons, and according to the Innocence Project, a large number of those false convictions were due to bogus hair analysis by the DOJ:

Of 310 individuals exonerated through DNA evidence, according to an Innocence Project database, 72 were convicted in part because of microscopic hair evidence.

Some died before they could be exonerated.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/2013072...ople.shtml
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Another TLA that needs to be shuttered.
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Everyone who knew about it and did nothing deserves the same sentences those victims were given.
tolerance for failure meter... LOW
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Nobody will be held accountable. nobody will be fired, some will be promoted.
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