Scientific or forensic evidence are usually reliable most of the time—or at least it should be. However, this was apparently not the case when it came to the FBI’s hair analysis process. According to the Washington Post, “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.”fort-lauderdale-criminal-attorney-gives-false-testimony-cases-defense-e1432183926264

268 trials were reviewed and revealed that in a whopping 95 percent of those trials, 26 out of 28 examiners have overstated forensic matches so that it heavily favored the prosecutors. This means that, most likely, there were truly innocent people that were convicted and sent to prison with the help of these false testimonies. Aside from the apparent injustice in all of this, what it also shows is the need for forensic technologies to be reassessed in order to address the grave problem of wrongful convictions.

All this time, from as far back as a couple of decades ago, forensic analyst’s testimony has largely been allowed to go further than the science allows it, with juries being made to believe that the evidence is more scientific than it actually is. Because of this, the potential for wrongful convictions increases.

In the case of Kirk Odom, for example, his hair was allegedly found on the woman attacked in a rape and robbery case in 1981, which then sealed his fate. However, recent DNA testing confirmed that it wasn’t actually his. This is only one example of a problem that is more widespread than one can imagine.

People have always turned to forensic science to prove certain things, but in light of these recent developments, it is clear that there are still limits to it and it can’t always be relied on. The Justice Department needs to carefully analyze forensics as well as other vulnerabilities of the system in order to prevent wrongful convictions in the future. At the same time, this development only further asserts the importance of seeking immediate help from a highly effective Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney.

Those who have feel like they’ve been wronged by forensic evidence should get in touch with a seasoned Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney such as Richard Della Fera who has been protecting the rights of his clients for many years.


FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades, The Washington Post, April 18, 2015

Scandal at the FBI: Flawed Testimony Sent Innocents to Jail for Decades, Newsweek, May 6, 2015