Tainting Evidence : Behind the Scandals at the FBI Crime Lab

by John Kelly | Reference |
ISBN: 0684846462 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Scramble of Springfield, Illinois USA on 8/6/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by Scramble from Springfield, Illinois USA on Wednesday, August 06, 2003
From the back:

"Tainting Evidence reveals the truth behind some of this century's most publicized cases, including:

The Unabomber:
Throughout the 1980s, physical evidence in the case was not properly examined. Overlooked forensic clues might have led to Ted Kaczynski's capture much earlier.
Crucial notes of chemical analyses were never filed and had to be reconstructed from memory years later.
One of the key examiners on the case has now been determined to be incompetent but his work went unchecked in more than 600 cases over a decade.

O.J. Simpson:
The science and research underpinning the FBI's DNA typing methodology is flawed, and the FBI has tried to prevent the release of data that would prove it.
The FBI succeeded in setting the stadards for DNA typing in forensic science throughout the U.S. Despite flawed science, Congress let it happen.

Oklahoma City:
The FBI lab disposed of crucial evidence-the ammonium nitrate crystals the prosecution said linked Timothy McVeigh to the bomb.
The FBI lab examiners worked backwards from the eveidence to prove guilt, following no protocols and ignoring precautions against contamination of evidence.

Ruby Ridge:
The FBI missed all the most vital forensic evidence at the crime scene yet posed an evidence photo of an incriminating bullet.
The lab lost evidence and refused to do tests that might ahve incriminated law enforcement officers while a lab technician was told to destroy a computer drawing that implicated an FBI sniper in a fatal shooting."

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