In the criminal justice system, prosecutors and defense attorneys often rely upon forensic evidence. Forensic experts are trained to use science to examine evidence and discover truths. However, information uncovered in recent years shows that much of the forensic and scientific truths used to convict hundreds to thousands of individuals in the U.S. were likely based on little more than speculation and convenience.
Recent new stories have shined a spotlight on allegations that testimony provided by members of the "elite FBI forensic unit" provided inaccurate and flawed testimony "in almost all trials in which they offered evidence...over more than a two-decade period before 2000." Consequently, hundreds to thousands of men and women were likely prosecuted and convicted for crimes they never committed.