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
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have added a search box for content in this blog which now encompasses
several thousand posts. The search box is located near the bottom of
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Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of
Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic"
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My interest in forensic pathology began with my Toronto Star investigative reporting into once famed since disgraced former doctor Charles Smith. I began this Blog after retiring from the Star in 2006 in order to follow the aftermath into the independent Goudge inquiry into many of Smith's cases. I have now begun to focus on cases involving flawed forensic science no matter where they occur (the recent Amanda Knox prosecution in Italy, for example) and am fascinated by the interest in the Blog from people in countries throughout the world. In another development, my interest in "junk science" "pseudo-experts" and the miscarriages of justice they all too often cause has drawn me deeply into the on-going U.S. death penalty debate where so many troubling cases involve issues relating to DNA and other developments in the world of forensic science. For all of this I rely on my experience as a reporter at the Toronto Star, my work as a lawyer in Ontario's criminal courts, and my abhorrence of injustice. Please send cases and developments which may be of interest to this Blog to email@example.com. Read on! Harold Levy.