WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department and the FBI will review thousands of criminal convictions from over a decade ago for possibly flawed analysis of hair sample evidence.
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.
The Justice Department says it is committed to working closely with law enforcement partners to go through thousands of cases, all of which are more than a decade old, and to assemble evidence for purposes of conducting a thorough and meaningful review of convictions.
The review follows stories in The Washington Post about the department's flawed follow-up of potentially faulty lab analyses.
The Associated Press