I wanted to draw your attention to this article I used in the last letter to Pat Lykos. The FBI and the Justice Department have decided to review thousands of cases that may have used faulty or exaggerated forensic sciences.
The article states that they FBI knew for years that their hair-matching forensics were questionable, but did nothing. This means that not only were innocent men kept incarcerated, but that nobody DID shit when new convictions were obtained.
This is not the first time an entire fucking branch of forensic science has been discarded.
“The last time the FBI abandoned a forensic practice was in 2005, when it ended efforts to trace bullets to a specific manufacturer’s batch through analyzing their chemical composition after its methodology was scientifically debunked. The bureau released files in an estimated 2,500 bullet-lead cases only after “60 Minutes” and The Post reported the problem in 2007.”
The purpose here is not to harp on the fallibility of forensics, but to point out that these government institutions knew that they were pulling convictions out their ass, but they didn’t care.
At this point, some of you are probably thinking “No shit; why does this matter?"
Well, before I developed a personal interest in this case, I did not think it was possible for things like this to happen. Learning about the Houston Crime Lab being shut down back in 2002 floored me. I just could not understand that evidence, the backbone of justice, could be faked, ignored, or hidden.
So, for all those who just recently joined us, and may not be aware of the history of the Harris County Justice system, let me be the first to tell you: it happens, in small towns and large nations, because of lone prosecutors and bloated government agencies. Every now and then, though, one has the courage to look back and try to fix its mistakes.
That’s what we’re trying to start for Carlos Coy and I point it out because I need for you to see that, for one thing, it happens; and just as importantly, that it can be fixed.