The Justice Department and FBI have reportedly acknowledged that nearly every examiner in the FBI Laboratory's microscopic hair comparison unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials where they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than 20-year period before 2000.
The Washington Post, citing information from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project, reports 26 of the 28 examiners overstated forensic matches in favor of prosecutors more than 95 percent of the 265 trials that were reviewed.
The newspaper reports the organizations are assisting the government with the post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence and provided the statistics under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.
The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death; of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the Post reported in a story posted on its website.
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