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FBI to Review More than 2,000 Cases That Involved Hair Sample Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hair samples are one popular way to obtain DNA evidence.

But the FBI plans to examine more than 2,000 cases in which hair samples led to a conviction, McClatchy Newspapers reports.

The FBI plans to examine more than 2,000 cases from 1985 to 2000. Some of those cases include people awaiting execution and others who already died in prison.

The idea is to determine whether conclusions were hastily reached about a case based on hair samples, McClatchy Newspapers wrote.

“This will be critical to giving wrongfully convicted people a fair chance at a fair review,” said Steven D. Benjamin, president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

FBI Begins to Install $1 Billion Face Recognition System

Courtesy of RecognitionSource.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is preparing its newest weapon against crime – a $1 billion national facial recognition system.

The Next Generation Identification program, which is expected to be rolled out nationwide by 2014, matches surveillance images of known criminals, reports CNET.

The system is designed to compare a photo to the FBI’s database of mugshots to identify suspects.

It’s unclear how accurate the program is, but some civil liberties groups worry the program could add innocent people to the database of mugshots, according to CNET.