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News Round-Up Week Ending 16.10.15
(Posted on 16/10/15)Share:
â€˜The Fantasy Evidence of a Single Hairâ€™
ran the Guardianâ€™s headline for Ed Pilkington's piece about the third of potentially thousands of convictions to be quashed in the US after the debunking of the FBIâ€™s â€˜pseudoscientificâ€™ hair analysis.
Kirk Odom spent 31 years in prison and on parole. Now the FBI has admitted it was wrong.
â€œWe rely on fair trials at which the government has to prove guilt beyond all reasonable doubt,â€ DC Public Defender Sandra Levick said. â€œIn perhaps tens of thousands of these cases, the defendant was denied a fair trial as the prosecution produced false or misleading testimony from hair analysts â€“ we have to re-examine all of these cases, whether or not we can prove actual innocence.â€