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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Real-Life CSI Is One Big Lie

Aug 4, 2014

In 2012, the FBI and the Justice Department started reviewing criminal cases that included forensic testimony. This is the kind of testimony you can see on shows like CSI: hair analysis, fingerprints, and the like. They found that nearly every single case included flawed testimony. But instead of releasing people from prison who were convicted based on these lies, the FBI stopped the investigation because it was too “troubling!”

This is not the first time this has happened: in the 1990s, three people were executed and a fourth died on death row while the FBI stalled in re-examining the same type of forensic testimony, from supposed “expert” witnesses.

The FBI and Department of Justice admit that 2,600 convictions are under question, including 28 death-penalty cases. But the reality is much bigger than even that atrocious number, given how common this type of unreliable forensic testimony has been throughout the country.

By their actions, the FBI has proven that their “experts” are only really “expert” at one thing: lying and twisting the truth in order to get convictions, and the truth be damned.