Apr 27, 2015
FBI examiners in the microscopic hair comparison unit exaggerated matches of hair found at the crime scene to the hair of the defendant in more than 95 percent of the 324 trials reviewed so far. Federal authorities launched an investigation in 2012 after The Washington Post reported that bogus forensic hair matches might have led to the convictions of hundreds of potentially innocent people since at least the 1970s.
The so-called science behind hair matching is seriously flawed because there is no accepted research on how often hair from different people may appear the same. This is NOT a DNA match. There are 2,500 targeted cases involving an FBI hair match. But the FBI examiners whose work has been called into doubt taught 500 to 1,000 state and local crime lab analysts to testify in the same ways. In other words, the FBI taught them to fabricate evidence and then lie on the stand to get a conviction. This means there are thousands upon thousands more of these cases that are not under review.
Thirty-two of the defendants in the 342 cases already reviewed were sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison based on the lies FBI examiners told court. This is not justice. But it IS a clear example of how the entire “justice” system is based upon lies.