Microscopic Hair Comparison and Convicting the Innocent

100 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2023

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Michigan State University - College of Law; University of Michigan Law School; University of California, Irvine School of Law

Simon A. Cole

University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law and Society

Jessica Weinstock Paredes

University of California, Irvine

Maurice Possley

University of California Irvine

Ken Otterbourg

Independent

Date Written: December 15, 2023

Abstract

This report used data from the National Registry Exonerations to complete the first study that compares the findings of the FBI review of microscopic hair comparison evidence to evidence given by state and local experts. This report is also the first analysis of microscopic hair comparison evidence in all known exoneration cases in the United States (as opposed to only DNA exoneration cases).

Keywords: forensic, hair, exoneration, wrongful conviction, evidence

Suggested Citation

Registry of Exonerations, National and Cole, Simon A. and Weinstock Paredes, Jessica and Possley, Maurice and Otterbourg, Ken, Microscopic Hair Comparison and Convicting the Innocent (December 15, 2023). UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4668227

National Registry of Exonerations (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )

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University of Michigan Law School ( email )

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Simon A. Cole

University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law and Society ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.seweb.uci.edu/faculty/cole/

Jessica Weinstock Paredes

University of California, Irvine ( email )

Maurice Possley

University of California Irvine ( email )

Division of Nephrology, University of California I
101 City Drive South, City Tower, Suite 400-ZOT;40
Orange, CA California 92868-3217
United States
312-208-0357 (Phone)

Ken Otterbourg

Independent ( email )

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