Convicted defendants left uninformed of forensic flaws found by Justice Dept.

The opening three paragraphs in the story tell it all:

‘….Justice Department officials have known for years that flawed forensic work might have led to the convictions of potentially innocent people, but prosecutors failed to notify defendants or their attorneys even in many cases they knew were troubled.

Officials started reviewing the cases in the 1990s after reports that sloppy work by examiners at the FBI lab was producing unreliable forensic evidence in court trials. Instead of releasing those findings, they made them available only to the prosecutors in the affected cases, according to documents and interviews with dozens of officials.

In addition, the Justice Department reviewed only a limited number of cases and focused on the work of one scientist at the FBI lab, despite warnings that problems were far more widespread and could affect potentially thousands of cases in federal, state and local courts….’

However, it gets better:  “…He added: “It is deeply troubling that after going to so much time and trouble to identify problematic conduct by FBI forensic analysts the DOJ Task Force apparently failed to follow through and ensure that defense counsel were notified in every single case.”….”

Now, you have to ask yourself, if this is happening at the national level, just what is happening at the local level. It stricks me as no wonder that we have over 2.3 million men, women and children in the jails and prisons of the nation.

The question that falls out of this equation: how many prosecutors were punished, remanded or fired for failure to notify and how many men, women and children could have been released from the jails and prisons of our nation years or decades earlier and at what cost to tax payers as this laziness come to?

Click on link for full story:  Convicted defendants left uninformed of forensic flaws found by Justice Dept.

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