Thursday, August 29, 2013

Innocence Project Briefs Congress on FBI Hair Analysis Review

On August 20, a panel including Innocence Project Co-Director Peter Neufeld and exoneree Kirk Odom briefed congressional staff and policy makers on the ramifications of the unprecedented review of more than 2,000 cases in which FBI analysts gave potentially flawed hair analysis testimony, including testimony given in 27 death penalty convictions.

In addition to Neufeld, who spoke on the review process, and Odom, who spoke about the impact of being wrongfully convicted by flawed hair analysis evidence, former US DOJ Inspector General Michael Bromwich talked about his involvement in previous investigations of flawed forensic evidence and the historic nature of this review.

Neufeld closed the panel with an overview of the need for Congressional action to support forensic science research and the development of forensic science in order to avoid similar mistakes in the future.

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