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Hair Analysis Usefulness was consistently overstated by F. B. I. analysts and those they trained for state and local agencies.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2015/04/fbis-flawed-forensics-expert-testimony-hair-analysis-bite-marks-fingerprints-arson.html?fbclid=IwAR2R1ato9fmthQ-Ga-C03Rp4gW21L6njSVJ0-qp7C9Iywth6JgAyiwRoivc

The above link is the re-post of a Washington Post article regarding an audit of the Department of Justice and the F. B. I. that shows that hair analysis results were constantly overstated in favor of the prosecution.
“What went wrong? The Post continues“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.”
This audit now calls into question bite mark analysis and other forensic evidence.  The article  cites examples in which a dog hair was falsely represented at trial as a hair from the defendant to achieve a conviction and another in which a bite mark expert used the plaster mold taken of the accused’s  teeth to plant a bite on a corpse.
In the Leila Fowler case, the F. B. I. sought to condemn the 12 year old defendant based on the their analysis of the 911 call.  This was done without an prior outside review of the method and despite the fact that none of the phone calls reviewed to develop the method involved anyone younger than 19.
Stay tuned for more revelations in this area.

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Calaveras County DA statement regarding Fowler reversal.

Today the Calaveras County DA released the statement shown below on the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Face Book page.

There is a significant misstatement of the facts.  As you can research for yourself in the post I made on 2/22/18 that includes the entire Appellate Decision, the Court did not rely on CA Health and Welfare Code Section 625.6 for its decision.  It only references that section in footnote #10.  The court relied on various case law to find that the trial court relied, at least in part, on statements obtained when the rights of the defendant were violated by Calaveras County law enforcement and the F. B. I. in conjunction with the accused’s own parent.

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