Taking hair comparisons to task in AZ – Should be 100’s of cases

In another whack at the Jeff Sessions version of the inviolate status of police ‘forensics’, this article brings to light, a coalition of AZ crime labbers, DAs, the appellate court and a post-conviction org. It’s obvious that there is some tension of opinion about how erroneous hair opinions (they have accessed 2,300 cases so far) can lead to wrongful convictions.

Of course there is the notorious AZ death penalty bitemark conviction of Ray Krone (pictured above) which also contained a flawed hair identification, that should provide a template for the crime labbers who are reviewing their own cases.

Doing all this as an in-house police review is not a good idea. Read more about this from the lady from the post conviction org involved in this forensic integrity review.

http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2017/06/16/testimony-on-hair-samples-under-scrutiny-in-100s-of-arizona-cases/?platform=hootsuite&utm_content=buffer87252&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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