Review Found FBI Hair Analysis Flaws in 250 Cases, But DOJ Didn’t Inform Defendants and Public

American Bar Association
An inspector general’s nine-year review of misconduct at the FBI crime lab found forensic flaws in hair analysis, but the results of the probe that ended in 2004 were revealed only to prosecutors.
The Justice Department did not separately inform defendants whose cases could be affected, including one Maryland man serving a life sentence for a 1981 double killing, the Washington Post reports. Lawyers for the defendant, John Norman Huffington, learned of forensic problems through the newspaper. Prosecutors disclosed problems to the defense in fewer than half of the 250 cases in which questions were raised.