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CSI Nowhere...forensic biffs

The Washington Post and "60 Mintes" have uncovered a scandal wherein the FBI used inreliable evidence to prove that a bullet came from a certain gun. They said that by comparing the particles in a bullet they could determine, based on the kind of lead, whether it had been fired from a specific gun. After a study by the National Accademy of Sciences claimed this was incunclusive and unreliabe in court, the FBI stoped using this for prosecution in 2006. And now there are almost 2500 people behind bars how have had this type of analysis used as evidence against them.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/17/AR2007111701681.html

In another touchy forensic case, an ex-policeman is suspect for his ex-wife's murder and her body was exhumed and re-examined for free by a famous New York City medical examiner. He found that the body was placed in the tub where it was found, but the woman didn't die from an accident. However, this brings to light why a famous New York medical examiner would fly to Illinois and perform a free autopsy after hearing the descriptions of the case. One reason stands out: money.

The examiner, Micheal Braden, was paid by Fox News to fly to Chicago and do the examination. The New York Times further reports, Baden is a regular contributor to ''On The Record with Greta Van Susteren,'' Fox News spokeswoman Diana Rocco said. Fox News paid for his trip to Chicago in order for Baden to appear as a guest on the show that evening, she said."

It seems that forensic investigation is a very shady business, from the federal level, down to the private.