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FBI Crime Lab’s Flawed Hair Analyses Featured on Fault Lines

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst appears on Fault Lines to discuss flawed FBI Hair Analyses.Did you know that you can take two strands of hair from your own head and they may not match? Yet the FBI used forensic hair analyses for decades in the prosecution of criminal cases.  Last night Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines program featured this issue.  FBI Whistleblower, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, appeared in “Under the Microscope: The FBI Hair Cases” and discussed the… Continue Reading

Charlotte Observer Editorial Blasts FBI “malfeasance” In FBI Lab Scandal

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice
A major newspaper has published an editorial highly critical of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in light of the Justice Department Inspector General’s bombshell report on the FBI Lab scandal.  Last week, the DOJ IG documented serious flaws in the Justice Department’s review of thousands of criminal cases that were impacted by tainted forensic evidence from the FBI Lab.  As… Continue Reading

Justice Dept. Inspector General Report Once Again Validates Whistleblower’s Allegations About FBI Lab Scandal

Posted in FBI Whistleblower Blog, FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, Freedom of Information (FOIA)
But IG Recommendations Fall Far Short Twenty. Years. Yesterday, July 16, 2014, the Justice Department Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its third report of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Lab misconduct first alleged twenty years ago – in 1994 – by Dr. Frederic Whitehurst. Washington Post Investigative Reporter Spencer S. Hsu, in his coverage of this latest report,… Continue Reading

National Whistleblowers Center’s Work Highlighted in The Washington Post’s Year-End Articles

Posted in Forensic Justice, Whistleblowing Works
The Washington Post has published year-end articles that highlight three ongoing projects of the National Whistleblower Center. In an article published on December 26, "Top 10 stories in the federal workforce in 2012", The Washington Post cited the scandal involving FDA electronic spying on its own scientists who blew the whistle on agency misconduct. The Post ranked the FDA electronic… Continue Reading

Twenty Years Later, DOJ Finally Admits Mistakes

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, News
Readers of The Washington Post found out this morning that the FBI and DOJ are launching the largest post-conviction case review in American history. Readers of the Whistleblower Protection Blog know that this review should have begun twenty years ago when Dr. Frederic Whitehurst first exposed problems in the FBI crime lab. This year, Dr. Whitehurst’s allegations have come back… Continue Reading

Dr. Frederic Whitehurst and the Failed FBI Crime Lab

Posted in Forensic Justice, News
Dr. Whitehurst uncovered systemic problems in the FBI Crime Lab in the early 1990s. What he discovered is remarkable--and unsettling. The problems that Dr. Whitehurst reported, starting with his first whistleblower disclosures over 20 years ago, unfolded into the deep, drawn-out tragedy described in today's Washington Post.… Continue Reading

Fred Whitehurst converses on his legacy at the FBI lab

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, Freedom of Information (FOIA), Government Whistleblowers, National Security
Fred Whitehurst is the whistleblower who revealed that the crime lab at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) failed to live up to its reputation for scientific integrity, and sometimes even resorted to falsifying results. Today Jeff Stein of the Washington Post’s Spy Talk blog calls Whitehurst a "hero" and chats with him about his legacy. Earlier this month, the… Continue Reading

Another Hidden Victim Freed In FBI Lab Scandal

Posted in Forensic Justice, Freedom of Information (FOIA), National Security, News
A D.C. Superior Court judge recently released Donald E. Gates, who spent 28 years in prison for a murder and rape he did not commit. The court also expunged Mr. Gates’ conviction after it was determined that the government’s expert, FBI crime lab examiner Michael P. Malone, lied about the hair and fibers evidence that Malone claimed linked Gates to… Continue Reading

National Security Teleconference Underway

Posted in Events, Forensic Justice, Images, National Security
The National Whistleblowers Legal Defense & Education Fund’s teleconference on National Security Whistleblowers is underway.  Shown here are Sibel Edmonds of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center, David Colapinto, General Counsel of the National Whistleblowers Center, and Mark Zaid of the James Madison Project.  The teleconference also includes participation by telephone… Continue Reading

16 Years After the Whitehurst Revelations, Forensic Science Still Tainted

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, Government Whistleblowers
Back in 1993, world renowned FBI scientist Dr. Frederic Whitehurst (pictured right) brought to light astonishing deficiencies and scientific fraud at the FBI Crime Lab. These allegations would lead to a massive reform of forensic science at the FBI. The FBI labs were just the beginning, and since that time, Dr. Whitehurst, as director of the National Whistleblowers Center’s Forensic Justice… Continue Reading

Man Convicted on Faulty FBI Bullet-Lead Evidence Heading Back to Court

Posted in Bullet Lead, FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, Freedom of Information (FOIA), News
Today’s Washington Post has an update on the FBI Bullet-Lead debacle. Lee Wayne Hunt , a North Carolina man who has maintained his innocence since being convicted of murder in 1986, is appealing his case to the North Carolina Supreme Court.  This is not Mr. Hunt’s first appeal, but this time he is doing so with the help of information obtained by the… Continue Reading

Senate Committee Taking Action on Bullet-Lead Cases

Posted in Bullet Lead, FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, Freedom of Information (FOIA), News
Yesterday, John Solomon of the Washington Post reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee is requiring that the FBI turn over records related to all criminal cases in which bullet-lead analysis was presented as evidence. There are over 2,500 such cases nationwide. Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, the Executive Director of the Forensic Justice Project (a project of the National Whistleblower Center) has filed three… Continue Reading

Bullet-Lead Case Records and Stonewalling by the FBI

Posted in Bullet Lead, FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, Freedom of Information (FOIA), News
On November 18, 2007, the results of an investigation into the operations of the FBI crime lab were printed in the Washington Post and broadcast on CBS News 60 Minutes. The Forensic Justice Project (“FJP”), a project of the National Whistleblower Center, in Washington, D.C., and FJP Executive Director Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, cooperated with the joint Post-60 Minutes investigation by… Continue Reading

Bullet-Lead and The Forensic Justice Project

Posted in Bullet Lead, FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, Freedom of Information (FOIA)
The entry below is a special contribution from Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, the Executive Director of the Forensic Justice Project (a special project of the National Whistleblower Center) ———————————————————————————————————————– The justice system needs answers, and science never comes up with final answers. Science often discovers that previous answers to questions were not valid. When forensic science renders opinions in courts of… Continue Reading

Washington Post Bullet-Lead Story; Check Back Tonight for Updates.

Posted in Bullet Lead, FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, Freedom of Information (FOIA), News
The Washington Post-60 Minutes investigation, published in today’s Washington Post, has confirmed that the convictions of hundreds of defendants have come into question because a bullet-lead analysis used for 40 years has been discredited and the FBI has failed for more than 2 years to properly notify those convicted about these problems. Read The Article  Later tonight, after the 60… Continue Reading