24 May 2003
FBI trying to fix itself.
Because the FBI has been losing people's trust due to things like lab misconduct and punishing whistleblowers it is trying to revamp its internal investigative office. Unsat. For the immediate future, the only way that lab is trustworthy is with external overview including a body made up of at least 50% unfriendlies (like NACDL members). You have to understand exactly how devastating it is to have an FBI "expert" testify that there is a 1 in 6 billion chance that the DNA might point to someone other than your client. And if he's lying (as has happened) then it is not in the FBI's interest to turn on their own in the middle of a trial wherein they are convinced they have found the guilty party.
Author: Ken Lammers on 5/24/2003