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April 2016 , Page 15 

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NACDL News: Flawed Microscopic Hair Comparison Analysis Testimony Leads to New Trial for George Perrot

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ezra Dunkle-Polier

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On Jan. 26, 2016, George D. Perrot was granted a new trial in Massachusetts based on newly discovered evidence that the FBI’s microscopic hair comparison testimony contained scientifically invalid statements. The court found that the hair examiner’s testimony was “enormously influential” and material to the convictions. This decision follows a trend in recognizing that evolving science constitutes newly discovered evidence.

“The court found that the scientific errors identified by the FBI review constituted newly discovered evidence, that the hair comparison testimony in Mr. Perrot’s case would be inadmissible if offered today, and also that it was material to his convictions,” said NACDL Senior Resource Counsel Vanessa Antoun. “This illustrates the importance of uncovering cases with invalid or exaggerated forensic evidence and providing meaningful notification — a duty to correct that the FBI and DOJ have acknowledged through this review, which sets an important

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