Shocking. How long it took to debunk the FBI’s use of hair – Brandon Garrett

Santae Tribble is just one of many hundreds of victims of junk forensic testimony.

Its a long read, but this journal article (in Litigation of the American Bar Association) by Professor Brandon Garrett runs the true story about the decades of effort it took to get rid of the debunked (to most of us) use of innocent people’s hair to falsely convict them of crimes. The piece is a tribute to those who advocate the sustainable use of “science” in criminal courts. Nothing short of a national system of command and control of forensic testimony is needed.

Bad Hair- Garrett

A here is another example of the effects of over-blown optimism of people who call themselves forensic “scientists” without showing scientific protocols.

NJ sent people to jail with junk science. Now we owe them justice | Editorial 

Dion Harrell wrongly convicted of rape in 1988 has the charge appears in court to have the charge exonerated. After 27 years trying to clear his name, Harrell has the conviction thrown out with the results of the DNA test. Harrell appeared before Superior Court Judge Ronald Lee Reisner in Monmouth county in Freehold. August 3, 2016

The Star-Ledger

 

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