Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bulletin: Reax to massive hair and fiber cases probe. Former FBI agent calls it "a law enforcement holocaust." Business Insider;

STORY: "Former FBI agent calls flawed forensic evidence 'a law enforcement holocaust,' by reporter Michael Kelley, published in Business Insider on July 13, 2012.

GIST: "The Department of Justice and FBI have launched a review of more than 10,000 cases to look for flawed forensic evidence that might have convicted innocent people, the Washington Post reported this week. Ex-FBI agent and whistleblower C. Fred Whitehurst told Prism magazine that the undertaking – the largest post-conviction review ever done by the FBI – is only the tip of the iceberg because the FBI taught its forensic techniques to local, state, and federal crime lab personnel for decades.

"In this nation alone there are virtually hundreds of thousands of cases in jeopardy where forensic hair analysis was conducted," Whitehurst told Prism. "We are seeing a holocaust of law enforcement come to light which has been taking place now for decades under the nose of an unsuspecting American nation."

Former FBI Special Agent Mike German (now with the ACLU) told Prism that the DOJ felt pressured to act after a Washington Post report in April revealed that for years DOJ officials knew "hair and fiber analysis was subjective and lacked grounding in solid research and that the FBI lab lacked protocols to ensure that agent testimony was scientifically accurate." But neither agency thoroughly reviewed specific cases or informed potentially innocent defendants or their attorneys, the Post reported."

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