It has been publicly admitted that the FBI has been participating in a fraudulent misuse of science to alter and distort forensic evidence for more than two decades. The Washington Post reported, “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.”
Astonishingly, 93% of the forensic scientists in the FBI’s hair analysis unit “overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far,” reports WashPost. To pull this off, they used “scientific jargon” to bamboozle juries, making their evidence sound convincing even though it was entirely invalid. As usual, this science-based fabrication of false evidence was offered by egotistical, self-assured FBI scientists who sounded convincing even though they were misleading the court with false testimony.
As reported by the The Guardian regarding a specific incident:
At a key stage in the 1992 rape and burglary trial, an FBI agent named Wayne Oakes took the witness stand, describing himself to the jury as an expert in hair and textile fibers — as would so many of the agency’s trial witnesses, in condemning hundreds of people to long prison sentences.
Individual head or pubic hairs were distinctive, he told the court, to the extent that a well-trained specialist like himself could tell those belonging to one person from another. Oakes went on to bombard the jury with scientific jargon, referring to the medulla, the cortex and the cuticle of hair, likening the task of comparing individual strands to recognizing a specific person in a crowd.
“In 10 years, it’s extremely rare I will have known hair samples from two different people I can’t tell apart,” the self-proclaimed expert bragged.
The FBI agent’s conclusion in front of the jury was emphatic: “The hair found on the sheet exhibits all the same microscopic hair arranged in the same way as the characteristics present in the known hair from [Perrot]. I conclude that the hair was consistent with coming from the defendant,” he told the court.
That testimony, based on a single hair, was so strong, so wrapped in the certainties of science, that it wiped out all doubts and inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case — indeed, it eviscerated the presumption of innocence.
Thirty-two cases now under review involved defendants who were given the death penalty. There is little question that the FBI’s faked hair analysis “science” has resulted in people being sentenced to death who were completely innocent.
The FBI, just like Monsanto and Merck, used fabricated science that resulted in innocent people being killed.
All this only emerged after the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) investigated the matter in cooperation with the Innocence Project. A total of 342 cases were reviewed for possible problems, and of those in which hair evidence was used against defendants in trials, over 95 percent involved the FBI giving flawed or distorted testimony that isn’t supported by the facts.
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