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FBI Ignored Spain's Doubt on Fingerprint

The embarrassed agency will review its mistakes in the case. The top agent in Portland will apologize to the lawyer held as a suspect. FBI fingerprint experts identified Portland, Ore., lawyer Brandon Mayfield as a suspect in the Madrid train bombings six days after the attacks, and investigated him even though Spanish police raised early doubts about a fingerprint match, according to court documents unsealed this week. A federal investigator traveled to Madrid in April to try to convince police there that a print found on a bag of detonators was Mayfield’s. U.S. officials afterward said they believed the Spanish were “satisfied with the FBI laboratory’s identification,” the affidavit said. U.S. District Judge Robert Jones on Monday dismissed the case against Mayfield and ordered that all fingerprint evidence be preserved for the purposes of investigating the FBI’s handling of the case. Mayfield, 37, a Muslim convert, was arrested May 6 as a material witness and held until Spanish police confirmed two weeks later that the print belonged to an Algerian man. Full Story

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