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 before there was a complete review of the scientific flaws in the evidence used to obtain those convictions. The OIG report lists 402 cases that the earlier DOJ review found were impacted by the FBI Lab scandal.
However, Deputy Inspector General Schnedar conceded in her radio interview that the number of cases actually impacted by the FBI Lab scandal “is really unknown” twenty years after the Justice Department started looking at problems in the FBI crime lab.
She also stated that many other defendants “may have died” or been deported before there was a review, and the DOJ’s earlier review improperly narrowed the scope leaving doubt as to whether innocent people were convicted with evidence from the FBI Lab.
Deputy IG Schnedar also stated in passing that the DOJ’s earlier review grew out of allegations raised by a FBI whistleblower.