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News Round-Up Week Ending 16.10.15

(Posted on 16/10/15)


‘The Fantasy Evidence of a Single Hair’

ran the Guardian’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 FBI’s ‘pseudoscientific’ hair analysis.

Kirk Odom spent 31 years in prison and on parole. Now the FBI has admitted it was wrong.

“We rely on fair trials at which the government has to prove guilt beyond all reasonable doubt,” DC Public Defender Sandra Levick said. “In 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 – we have to re-examine all of these cases, whether or not we can prove actual innocence.”