FBI hair comparison fiasco proves non DNA innocence cases are viable, when forensic science advances


There are some who think that only DNA testing after criminal convictions can generate an exoneration. Well, that is not exactly true. The FBI has admitted that their decades long use of comparing hair characteristics was faulty. The aftermath to this is threefold: 1) lack of relevant testing within some police sciences and bitemark identification is initiating a slow but assuredly steady march towards standards and limits of use for certain forensic sciences. 2) the public is watching, 3) review of cases of misuse and faulty forensic assumptions are being vigorously reviewed by very dedicated Innocence Projects and similar advocacy groups.

This blog from the Wrongful Conviction Center in Chicago explains what is going on. 

The author Martin Yant describes a case where hair and DNA collided and DNA won again. He suggests that some just consider cases like these as outliers or the “bad apple effect.” Ive heard that before. BITEMARK BAD APPLES. 

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About csidds

Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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