FBI Crime Lab

December 03, 1997

Thousands of newly released FBI documents show a pattern of racial bias andincompetence at the FBIUs once highly vaunted crime lab — this accordingto the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The FBI memos —-part of 60,000 pages generated by an 18-month investigation by the JusticeDepartment inspector generalUs office into the crime lab -— also showrepeated favoritism towards prosecutors.

The memos, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, come in thewake of a scathing internal report released this past April that criticizedthe lab and its leadership for flawed reporting and inaccurate testimony,including in major cases like the World Trade Center and Oklahoma Citybombings.


  • Gerald Lefcourt, the president of the National Association of CriminalDefense Lawyers.
  • Jeff Stein, a journalist covering national security and criminal justiceaffairs. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Playboy, GQ, and the on-line publication Salon. He is the author of ??A Murder in Wartime: TheUntold Spy Story that Changed the Course of the Vietnam War.