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Did Secret Service Agent Kill JFK? New Documentary Explores the Questions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new documentary, “JFK: The Smoking Gun,” explores the theory that an under-qualified Secret Service agent delivered the shot that killed President John F. Kennedy, the Toronto reports.

The documentary, which aired Sunday on Discovery, is based on the work of retired Australian police detective Colin McLaren, who said, “This is not conjecture, this is all based on evidence and forensic study.”

It’s just the latest programming marking the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

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FBI Crime Lab Overstated Accuracy of Forensic Tests Used to Prosecutor Suspects

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s crime lab has come under intense scrutiny after a Justice Department review showed the bureau bungled up to tens of thousands of cases, the Huffington Post reports.

Flawed forensic work means many innocent people are likely behind bars, the Huffington Post wrote.

The errors were first exposed in a Washington Post piece that also said local and state labs may be committing even more errors.

The Justice Department has known about the errors for years, but has done little to enforce corrections, the Huffington Post wrote.

FBI, Justice Department Reviewing Potentially Flawed Forensic Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Justice Department are launching an unprecedented review of forensic evidence in thousands of criminal cases to ensure no one was wrongly convicted since at least 1985, the Washington Post reports.

The sweeping review includes rape, murder and robbery cases conducted by all FBI Laboratory hair and fiber examiners, people familiar with the process told the Washington Post.

The investigation comes after the newspaper in April reported that Justice Department officials knew of potentially flawed convictions based on bad forensic work.

“The Department and the FBI are in the process of identifying historical cases for review where a microscopic hair examination conducted by the FBI was among the evidence in a case that resulted in a conviction,” spokeswoman Nanda Chitre said in a statement to the Washington Post. “We have dedicated considerable time and resources to addressing these issues, with the goal of reaching final determinations in the coming months.”

Justice Dept. Knew of Flawed Forensic Work; Innocent People May Have Been Convicted

By Spencer S. Hsu
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — 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.

In addition, the Justice Department reviewed only a limited number of cases and focused on the work of one scientist at the FBI lab, despite warnings that problems were far more widespread and could affect potentially thousands of cases in federal, state and local courts.

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