On Monday, the FBI released what was almost certainly a painful admission. The vast majority of the agents that it had sent to court to testify about a specific forensic analysis had submitted erroneous statements to the court. In its preliminary review of relevant cases, at least 90 percent of them were problematic.
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THE F.B.I. stunned the legal community on Monday with its acknowledgment that testimony by its forensic scientists about hair identification was scientifically indefensible in nearly every one of more than 250 cases reviewed. But the conclusion should come as no surprise to scientists.
According to the Post, "Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far." It is noteworthy that no representatives of the Department of Justice, including the FBI, are quoted in the Post's article.
The Department of Justice along with the FBI have identified 2,500 cases for review after finding that experts on its microscopic hair comparison unit overstated evidence concerning pattern-based forensic techniques in 95 percent of the 268 cases reviewed so far.
A member of the identity theft and credit card fraud ring known as “Carder.su” was sentenced recently to 150 months in federal prison for selling stolen and counterfeit credit cards over the Internet. He was further ordered to pay $50.8 million in restitution.
Lawyers hired by the family of a black man who was found hanging in Mississippi said Wednesday that they are hiring independent experts, including a high-profile forensic pathologist, to conduct an investigation separate from the one pursued by state and federal authorities.
Confession expert Dr. Saul Kassin tells the story, and how the investigators’ “quick, clinical judgment” about Michael Crowe’s guilt led to one of the most notorious cases of false confession in recent memory.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed. His conviction was practically a foregone conclusion, given his lawyer's startling admission during opening statements that Tsarnaev carried out the attack with his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan.
Recently, Anthony Hinton became the 152nd death-row prisoner to be exonerated since 1973. Like most people who’ve been exonerated to date, Hinton didn’t rely on new DNA evidence to prove him innocent.
Hernandez has since been implicated in a handful of other criminal cases, including a charge in a 2012 double-murder case that was scheduled to begin on May 28, but has since been delayed while the current case is pending.
The tech community has long called for reforming the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for its overly broad language. But now many worry a White House plan to toughen the law will have a chilling effect on work to expose software weaknesses.
A Massachusetts medical examiner has taken the stand in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Scientific evidence and expert witness testimony are integral to criminal trials worldwide. Yet while we live in a scientific age of increasingly specialized expert knowledge, a growing reliance on forensic evidence is a double-edged sword.
Prosecutors typically downplay their elation when they win murder trials. Their usual responses, at least publicly, are lines like: "There are no winners here, but justice was served" etc. But on March 20, when a Schenectady County jury found 48-year-old John Wakefield guilty of first-degree murder in the April 11, 2010, strangling of Brett Wentworth, there was a winner.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday created the first-ever sanctions program to penalize overseas hackers who engage in cyber spying and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of that espionage, potentially including state-owned corporations in Russia and China.
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack.
The Montana House has overwhelmingly passed a bill providing funding for an eastern Montana crime lab.
Fingerprint examinations, firearms testing, shoe print and tire impression evidence are suspect. Bite mark evidence is especially singled out as unsound. Handwriting comparison has come under scrutiny. Can absolute assertions about such evidence be made?
Dr. Saul Kassin relates false confessions to “Hollywood productions” and thinks the infamous Amanda Knox case was just another “script that had to get followed.” As a psychology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he’s seen it all – the uncanny confessions that describe minutiae from the motive to the grisly murder details to the denials that eventually follow.
Strict aviation regulations, created after the events of 9/11, focused on securing the cockpit by requiring fortified cockpit doors that can withstand the blast from a hand grenade, and escape exits that can only be accessed from the inside, CNN reports. But, this latest tragedy has some asking: what's the use of an armored cockpit, if the pilot can be locked out of it?
Italy's high court took up the appeal of Amanda Knox's murder conviction Wednesday, considering the fate of the "very worried" American and her Italian former boyfriend in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate. A decision had been expected as early as Wednesday, but with a full caseload Wednesday and other court matters Thursday, the presiding judge said a ruling may not come down until Friday.
House intelligence committee leaders unveiled a bipartisan cybersecurity bill amid signs of broad agreement on long-sought legislation that would allow private companies to share with the government details of how they are hacked, without fear of being sued.
The roles of cultural anthropologists as expert witnesses gets a national hearing of its own, as researchers examine how cultural anthropology is applied in the courtroom.
The Boston Marathon bombers fired 56 bullets at police during a violent confrontation days after the 2013 attack, a ballistics expert testified during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
John Wakefield, 48, now faces life in prison without parole, after his DNA was found and identified on the victim’s shirt collar and on the murder weapon, according to a press release.
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