Tuesday, April 17, 2012

'Trust the FBI', 'Trust the prosecutors' my ass

Justice Department officials have known for years that flawed forensic work might have led to the convictions of potentially innocent people nationwide, but prosecutors failed to notify defendants or their attorneys even in many cases they knew were troubled.

Officials started reviewing the cases in the 1990s after reports that sloppy work by examiners at the FBI lab was producing unreliable forensic evidence in court trials. Instead of releasing those findings, they made them available only to the prosecutors in the affected cases, according to documents and interviews with dozens of officials.
Read it. Breakables warning in effect, and some of the breakables should include a bunch of EffingBI people and a bunch of prosecutors.

Oh, the EffingBI says they met their 'legal and constitutional obligations', which apparently included telling ONLY prosecutors and keeping the study secret. Reminds me disturbingly of "We may have kicked in the wrong door and shot your dogs and torn up your home and terrified your kids, but we followed procedures so screw you."

As to the prosecutors who were informed and didn't bother(or didn't want) to notify people, or 'claim they disclosed findings at some point to other lawyers but failed to document doing so'... at the very least they ought to be disbarred; I don't give a rats furry ass if telling someone causes you a problem, it's the only right thing you can do. And do you really believe a prosecutor would notify a lawyer of such and not document it? Really?

"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help. And screw peoples' lives over. And try to keep anyone from finding out about it later."

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