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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

FBI has “blackballed” records, violated FOIA

Posted in FBI Whistleblower Blog, Freedom of Information (FOIA), National Security
Truthout reporter Jason Leopold is reporting today that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released five pages of a PowerPoint presentation that describe a previously unknown program of "blackballing" records that would not be disclosed in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Labor historian Trevor Griffey obtained the document while following up on Manning Marable’s research … 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

Supreme Court Makes the Right Decision in FOIA Case, Taylor v. Sturgell

Posted in Freedom of Information (FOIA)
On June 12, 2008, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of a FOIA requester in Taylor v. Sturgell (No. 07-371), reversing the D.C. Circuit’s decision denying a FOIA requester access to documents on the grounds of issue preclusion. The Supreme Court reinstated Mr. Taylor’s FOIA case that had been dismissed on res judicata grounds because a prior FOIA requester … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Amicus Brief Filed in support of FOIA Requesters

Posted in Freedom of Information (FOIA)
The National Whistleblower Center has joined an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court to support the rights of FOIA requesters.  The amicus brief was filed by the National Security Archive, OpenTheGovernment.org, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the National Whistleblower Center, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  A copy of the amicus brief can be found here>>. … Continue Reading

New FOIA Law Contains Long Overdue Improvements

Posted in Freedom of Information (FOIA), Legislation, News
President Bush has signed into law the first legislation in more than a decade to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act. The Open Government Act of 2007, signed by Bush on New Years eve, contains several important changes and improvements to the Freedom of Information Act. The new law establishes enforceable deadlines for agencies to process FOIA requests; extends FOIA’s … 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