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Friday, April 20, 2012

FLAWED FORENSIC EVIDENCE LEADS TO UNLAWFUL CONVICTIONS

By Michael Nichols
Categories: Domestic Violence

1996, the United States Justice Department initiated a taskforce to investigate questionable forensic evidence produced by the FBI Crime Lab. The taskforce completed its investigation in 2004. The results? The FBI Lab had produced flawed, unreliable evidence in up to 7,000 criminal cases. Further, the unreliable evidence directly and materially led to the convictions of at least 250 citizens and partially contributed to thousands of others. The Justice Department released the results of investigation to prosecutors involved in directly affected cases, but to not to the public at large. As a result, many convicted citizens are just now learning their convictions are the result of unreliable forensic evidence. More information on the Justice Department’s investigation can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/convicted-defendants-left-uninformed-of-forensic-flaws-found-by-justice-dept/2012/04/16/gIQAWTcgMT_story.html,and http://www.npr.org/2012/04/17/150827347/defendants-unaware-of-fbis-flawed-forensics

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Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

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