NACDL: FBI overstated strength of hair evidence

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project found that 26 of the 28 examiners in the FBI’s microscopic hair comparison unit overstated evidence in more than 95 percent of 268 trials that the groups have examined so far.

Peter Neufeld, co-founder of the Innocence Project, said the FBI’s hair analysis in that period was “a complete disaster” but praised the bureau and the Justice Department for collaborating in the review.

Report

Fix the Flaws in Forensic Science Eric S. Lander, New York Times, April 21, 2015

Thirty years in jail for a single hair: the FBI’s ‘mass disaster’ of false conviction Guardian, April 21, 2015

Call on the DOJ and FBI to Ensure Justice and Accuracy in Forensics Innocence Project “Action Alert”

Pseudoscience in the Witness Box Slate.com April 22, 2015

New York Times Op-Ed: Flawed Forensics Bigger than Erroneous FBI Hair Analysis Innocence Project Blog, April 27, 2015

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