SHOULD ALL THE PRISONERS WHOSE TRIALS WERE AFFECTED BY FORENSIC ERRORS GO FREE? What should be done about the errors made by the FBI’s forensic experts? Looking at the convictions on a case by case basis would require a lot of resources and would take a long time. Hsu quotes University of Virginia law professor Brandon L. Garrett, who says: “The tools don’t exist to handle systematic errors in our criminal justice system.”
This article at the Roll Call site prints the text of a letter seven senators—Blumenthal, Leahy, Markey, Durbin, Udall, Peters, Coons, and Franken—have written to the Attorney General and the head of the FBI which includes this sentence: “We are deeply disturbed to learn that hundreds of potentially innocent defendants were imprisoned or even executed based at least in part on flawed evidence.” The letter stresses the need for prompt actions.
One alternative that I think is going to have to be addressed is the question I asked in the caption: Should all the prisoners whose trials were affected by these forensic errors go free?