Microscopic Hair Analysis Testimony

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The article “Virginia Inmate, Serving 100 years for Rape Based on Hair, to Get New DNA Testing” is based on a Virginia man named Darnell Phillips who was sentenced for life in prison for the physical and sexual violence of a 10 year old girl in 1990. One single hair was all it took for Virginia police to take him into custody and convict him. At the time, this physical evidence was sufficient enough to make an arrest in 1991, but 28 years later it has been brought to light that perhaps the microscopic hair analysis testimony at the time wasn 't accurate enough. In fact, it was even categorized as “Junk Science”, due to the inaccuracy of the hair comparisons. Due to the many errors and flaws in the FBI standards within the hair category, many

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