Thursday, July 18, 2013

Feds Reviewing Dozens of Death Sentences for FBI Errors

An unprecedented federal review of old criminal cases has uncovered as many as 27 death penalty convictions in which FBI forensic experts may have mistakenly linked defendants to crimes with exaggerated scientific testimony, U.S. officials said.

The review led to an 11th-hour stay of execution in Mississippi in May.

It is not known how many of the cases involve errors, how many led to wrongful convictions or how many mistakes may now jeopardize valid convictions. Those questions will be explored as the review continues.
Read the rest here.

Words fail me.


gabriel said...

Bureaucracies rarely correct their own errors, especially publicly, so I think it's likely the testimony in these cases was fairly egregious.

Anonymous said...

There goes all those police shows on T.V.

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Famous But Incompetent.