Tuesday, May 19, 2015
FBI overstated hair match crisis (23); (The Emperor's clothes); Willie Manning: Wonderful post by Carimah Townes, published by ThinkProgress, on "How the FBI majorly screwed up a death penalty case and admitted it just in time." “His cases present some of the classic hallmarks of innocence: racial overtones, unreliable witnesses, and police or prosecutorial misconduct. His second case includes an additional horrifying dimension – two different types of junk science masquerading as forensic evidence of his guilt.” (Must, Must Read. HL);
POST: How the FBI majorly screwed up a death penalty case and admitted it just in time," by Carimah Townes, published by ThinkProgress on May 6, 2015.
GIST: "(Willie Manning) An African American death row inmate was just added to the growing innocence list compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), after he was cleared in the murder of an elderly woman and her daughter — but he’s still sentenced to die for the murders of two college students. The twist? He may be exonerated in that crime as well, since the FBI admitted flawed forensic testimony was used to convict him.........In 2012, the Bureau launched an investigation into the use of flawed hair analysis, the FBI found that hair matches were used in 2,500 cases. As of mid-April, the FBI reviewed 342 of those cases, and found that FBI forensic experts presented flawed evidence 257 trials. Robert Dunham, the executive director of DPIC, says the FBI has discovered 33 capital cases in which hair analysis was used. “It is always stunning when a man is exonerated from death row with evidence of his innocence, but Mr. Manning’s case presents the unimaginable possibility that an innocent man may have been wrongly convicted and sentenced to death in two different trials for two different offenses,” Dunham said, in a recent press release. “His cases present some of the classic hallmarks of innocence: racial overtones, unreliable witnesses, and police or prosecutorial misconduct. His second case includes an additional horrifying dimension – two different types of junk science masquerading as forensic evidence of his guilt.”"
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