FBI Hair Examination Difficulties Reveal Boundaries of Forensic Science


In this image taken April thirty, 2015, Kirk Odom speaks to The Associated Press at his home in southeast in Washington, Thursday, April thirty, 2015. Odom was convicted of a 1981 rape and theft soon after a girl discovered him as her attacker and an FBI expert testified that hair on her nightgown was consistent with hair on Odom’s head. But DNA tests some 30 several years later affirmed what Odom long had taken care of: The hair wasn’t his, nor was the semen remaining on a pillowcase and gown. A felony conviction that imprisoned him for many years was overturned in 2012 by a choose who declared it a “grave miscarriage of justice.” (AP Image/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Shut

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