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NWC Releases New Video: “Whistleblowers Change the World”

Posted in Campaigns, End of Year, News
New Video Whistleblowers change the worldThe National Whistleblower Center released a new video featuring four prominent whistleblowers who share their personal stories of blowing the whistle and the backlash they faced for doing the right thing. “Whistleblowers Change the World,“  highlights the crucial role whistleblowers serve in exposing corruption at all levels of society and why we need a sustained grassroots movement to ensure the legal protections they require… Continue Reading

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

NWC Releases Press Statement Regarding FBI Crime Lab Errors

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
The National Whistleblower Center issued the following Press Statement today: FBI Admission of Crime Lab “Errors” In Hair Cases Vindicates Whistleblower Washington, D.C. April 20, 2015. Yesterday, the Washington Post published a front-page article reporting that the FBI has finally admitted the FBI Lab’s forensic hair analyses used for decades in state and federal criminal cases were flawed and inaccurate… Continue Reading

Press Alert: Press Conference Wednesday to Launch Whistleblower Protection Caucus

Posted in Events, News
Washington, D.C.  February 24, 2015.  On Wednesday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. (ET), Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden will host a press conference to launch the Whistleblower Protection Caucus in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Sen. Grassley is the chairman of the caucus and Sen. Wyden is the vice-chairman. A number of whistleblowers and whistleblower advocates… Continue Reading

Man Wrongfully Convicted by Perjured FBI Testimony Freed After 28 Years in Prison; Donald Eugene Gates Released on Basis of New DNA Evidence

Posted in News
The following is from guest contributor Jon C. Hopwood. This article was originally published in 2009 on Yahoo Voice and is reprinted here by permission of the author. Summary: Donald Eugene Gates, who was convicted of the 1982 rape-murder of a Caucasian college coed, was released on the basis of new DNA evidence. Donald Eugene Gates, a 58 year-old African American wrongfully… Continue Reading

Who is Michael P. Malone? Corrupt F.B.I. Agent’s Testimony Sent Innocent Man to Prison; Donald Eugene Gates was Convicted of Rape-Murder He Did Not Commit

Posted in News
The following is from guest contributor Jon C. Hopwood. This article was originally published in 2009 on Yahoo Voice and is reprinted here by permission of the author. Summary:  The testimony of Special Agent Michael P. Malone was instrumental in convicting Donald Eugene Gates of a rape-murder he did not commit. Gates was exonerated but scores of others convicted with Malone’s testimony… Continue Reading

Justice Department OIG: Number of Cases Impacted by FBI Lab Scandal “Is Really Unknown”

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
On July 22, 2014, Cynthia Schnedar, Deputy Inspector General at the Justice Department, was interviewed by Federal News Radio about the DOJ OIG’s recent bombshell report documenting how DOJ failed to properly review criminal convictions that were impacted by the FBI Lab scandal in the 1990s. Notably, the OIG report found that 16 people were executed and 8 prisoners died… 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

FBI Crime Lab Whistleblower Featured on “The System with Joe Berlinger”

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Uncategorized
FBI Crime Lab Whistleblower Featured on “The System with Joe Berlinger” Washington, D.C.  May 29, 2014. This Sunday, June 1, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst will be featured on “The System with Joe Berlinger.” Dr. Whitehurst appears in the third episode of this multi-part documentary series that explores the state of our justice system. This episode is entitled “Flawed Forensics.” Episode 3:… 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

Blowing the Whistle on FBI Crime Lab Abuses

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
The Washington Post and Associated Press are reporting that the Department of Justice failed to properly review more than 100 criminal cases that were prosecuted in the District of Columbia and which were suspected of being tainted by false forensic evidence from the FBI crime lab. These cases were ordered reviewed because in 1997 the DOJ Inspector General verified whistleblower allegations by Dr. Frederic Whitehurst about serious misconduct at the FBI lab.… 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