Friday, September 19, 2014

Donald Gates: Flawed FBI hair or fiber evidence; Review of 2,000 files involving FBI analysis of hair or fiber evidence conducted after the exoneration of Donald Gates prods U.S. Attorney's Office to set up first federal unit in the USA to identify and investigate cases that ended in wrongful convictions. Reuters.

STORY: "Washington U.S. attorney sets up first unit to ID wrongful convictions," published by Reuters on

 GIST: "The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington has set up the first federal unit in the nation to identify and investigate cases that ended in wrongful convictions, the office said on Friday. The establishment of the Conviction Integrity Unit follows the vacating of five convictions from the 1980s after federal prosecutors in Washington reviewed evidence in the cases, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. The unit will review cases in which defendants convicted of violent felonies can offer new evidence, such as DNA testing, that may establish innocence.........The new Washington unit follows a four-year review of more than 2,000 files involving FBI analysis of hair or fiber evidence, the statement said. The review was done after the exoneration of Donald Gates, a Washington, D.C., man who was convicted in 1982 of a rape and murder in part on hair evidence. DNA testing, which was not available at the time of Gates’s trial, proved in 2009 that he was innocent."

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