Judges, Fbi, Dna & Lies Vol. 1
A complete history of DNA criminal cases in Massachusetts as well as cases from other jurisdictions and the federal system that Massachusetts judges relied upon, whether to allow DNA in their courtrooms. The book explains the discovery process and the documents that attorneys are entitled to from the Lab that had tested the samples. A must for attorneys, judges and law enforcement officers. More
JUDGES, FBI, DNA, & LIES is a non-fictional book that exposes the dark side of the co-mingling of science and law. Anyone who reads this book will forever be wary of the statements made by laboratory personnel and law enforcement officers testifying in court.
Surprisingly, scientific evidence is susceptible to manipulation. This type of evidence has been manipulated by FBI agents and analysts who have given false testimony in courtrooms across the country. In 1995 Doctor Frederick Whitehurst, an FBI scientist, blew the lid off of the FBI Laboratory and the way FBI agents and analyst were falsely testifying in courts. The Office of the Inspection General investigated, but the majority of Dr. Whitehurst claims were set aside. They shouldn’t have.
Between the years of 2001 and 2003 the manipulation, lies, and misleading testimony came to a head again. Two analysts, one from the FBI laboratory the other from a private laboratory, were discovered manipulating DNA results for over a year and their supervisors approved their DNA work. Jacqueline Blake received a prison term for her participation, Sarah Blair I’m not sure what had happened, she was fired.
In 2005 the scientific community went back to the drawing board as a result of the conflict amongst scientists and how they interpreted a partial DNA mixture. Currently there has been very little response from the scientific community with regards to the new study of a mixed DNA profiles. This is discussed throughout the book.
The book is ideally suited for judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, their clients as well as for students in the fields of law and criminal justice. It is also helpful to the general public either involved in paternity suits or just wishing to trace his/her ancestry.