There have been a spate of scandals recently concerning forensic science: poor methodology, faulty protocols, and an absolute disregard for the chain of evidence.
These scandals don’t even include the mess that is rape kit testing, namely that they aren’t testing anything. Rape kits sit on shelves for years sometimes.
Forensic Magazine states:
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Another crime lab scandal was announced over the weekend, and this time it’s the federal government that has the explaining to do.
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, reports the Washington Post. The cases involve 46 states and include 32 defendants that were sentenced to death, according to the article, of which, 14 have already been executed or died behind bars.