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Significant Digits: 95 percent. The federal government along with the Innocence Project and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is reviewing past testimony of examiners from the FBI’s microscopic hair comparison unit. It’s not looking good. In more than 95 percent of reviewed trials, examiners overstated forensic matches in ways that strengthened prosecutors’ cases.


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