Rogue prosecutor’s influence on hair expert’s testimony highlighted in ruling overturning conviction

Wrongful Convictions Blog

The January 26 opinion overturning the conviction of Massachusetts inmate George D. Perrot, which you can read about here, was important in several respects.

First and foremost, the opinion written by Hampden County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Kane was important because it could lead to the release of Perrot 30 years after his conviction on rape charges even though the victim repeatedly said the then-long-haired, bearded Perrot didn’t look like the clean-shaven, short-haired man who raped her.

Second, the opinion is important because Judge Kane’s reasoning could influence thousands of past convictions that were based on now-discredited hair-comparison analysis like that used to convict Perrot.

Equally important, though, was Judge Kane’s finding that Wayne Oakes, the FBI hair examiner who testified as an expert in the case was unduly influenced by the overzealous prosecutor in the case. In his ruling, Kane noted that the prosecutor, Francis W. Bloom, hand-delivered the hairs and other evidence to the…

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Author: Lynne

I research and write about questionable cases, unfair trials, police misconduct, wrongful convictions and exonerations.

One thought on “Rogue prosecutor’s influence on hair expert’s testimony highlighted in ruling overturning conviction”

  1. Please believe that this is important success for all who are victimized by lying Forensics. Please uphold digging a footing to protect all innocent individuals by terminating the abuse of officers of the Courts not being responsible in reporting wrong doing or negligent in upholding what is right and forbidding what is wrong. That is, the procedure in allowing the State and Federal Officials to be negligent in checks and balances most be terminated immediately. No government official shall be recognized as being above the law. No status tactics, no favoritism tactics, no who you know tactics to omit the merit of every individual characters. You are either right or wrong no in between acceptance to cover-up wrong doing.

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