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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:46 AM
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FBI Still Sorting Out 2,500 Cases That Used Flawed Bullet Evidence
FBI Still Sorting Out 2,500 Cases That Used Flawed Bullet Evidence
Monday, January 25, 2010

The FBIs use of the so-called comparative bullet lead analysis has been discredited by federal research, forcing the law enforcement agency to review nearly 2,500 convictions that may have been aided by the now debunked theory.

First developed in the early 1960s, the bullet analysis was based on the idea that trace elements lifted off bullets found at crime scenes could be matched up with bullets found in a suspects possession, thus indicating guilt. In 2005, the National Research Council of the National Academy of Science concluded that the FBIs conclusions from its bullet testing were flawed because millions of bullets can contain trace elements in identical quantities. This revelation forced the FBI to stop relying on the analysis in its investigations and in court, but the agency has been slow to complete its re-examination of the 2,500 cases that may have been tainted by it.

So far, the agency has found 187 convictions that relied on expert FBI testimony about the bullet analysis during trial, prompting officials to notify local prosecutors about these findings. Three convictions that were overturned involved a Colorado man who served 12 years in prison for a double slaying, a Florida man who served 10 years after being convicted of killing his wife, and an Oregon man convicted of a triple slaying.


http://www.allgov.com/ViewNews/FBI_Still_Sorting_Out_25...
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thereismore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 12:17 PM
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1. Doesn't that make sense that there would be millions of similarly-made bullets out there???
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:05 PM
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2. They are made in huge batches of literally tons at a time - the lead alloy
and the coating material is used industry wide.

The FBI likes to believe its own propaganda, always has.

mark
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thereismore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:20 PM
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3. Of course. How could this ever have been considered forensic "science" is beyond me. nt
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itsrobert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:26 PM
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4. I always wonder about that
I guess my suspicions were correct.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 01:42 PM
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5. Recommend
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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:39 PM
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6. This OP should be in General Discussion, I think. nt
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