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Report Faults F.B.I.'s Fingerprint Scrutiny in Arrest of Lawyer

The Federal Bureau of Investigation wrongly implicated an Oregon lawyer in a deadly train bombing in Madrid because the F.B.I. culture discouraged fingerprint examiners from disagreeing with their superiors, a panel of forensic experts has concluded. “The error was a human error and not a methodology or technology failure,” the panel said in a report on the arrest of the lawyer, Brandon Mayfield of Portland, who was jailed for two weeks in May. “Once the mind-set occurred with the initial examiner, the subsequent examinations were tainted.”Full Story

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