A new storm of controversy has swept through the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In fact, following a scoop of the Washington Post, the U.S. Federal Bureau have been forced to acknowledge that during a period of over 20 years, at least 60 jobs ended with death convictions of the accused, the data provided to them by the scientific bureau of investigation”resulted erroneous”.
“Errors-it says in a statement released by the Fbi – relate to cases of sworn depositions made by labortory technicians on microscopic tests on hair. These kinds of statements are no longer made by the Fbi. Curret laboratory analyses use the mitochondrial Dna tests in addition to the microscopic” tests on hair.
As early as last July, the Fbi had been involved in another scandal following the release of a report prepared by the Office of the General Inspectorate of the Department of Justice, according to which the Fbi did not rlease reports in time that would have been relevant in the defence of 64 sentenced to capital punishment, 24 of whom were executed or died of natural causes while they were still in prison.
7th May 2013, Mississippi Supreme Court had suspended the execution of a man condemned to death in 1994 for the murder in 1992 of two university students, because a few days before the Fbi had disclosed that the experts who had delivered their testimonies at the trial had drawn no “scientifically valid” conclusions.
In addition to this, other 26 cases have raised concerns in Federal circles which had immediately begun its scientific assessments. In fact it seems that fatal errors carried out Fbi technicians has involved many more cases: there are over 21,000 cases of people which will need to be revised, but precedence shall be given to those that have been convicted with a death sentence, in order to prevent innocent people from being executed. According to the Washington Post, the questionable tests were used in over 95% of 268 tests, i.e. almost in all the legal proceedings over a period of 20 years where the Fbi has presented evidence.