What the exoneration of George Perrot means for the criminal justice system
The Boston Globe - 02/25/2016
It has been a good month for justice, and much needed in light of the growing public distrust of the criminal justice system. George Perrot, 48, became a free man earlier this month, when a Massachusetts Superior Court judge overturned his 1992 rape conviction.
Prosecutors had built their case on the analysis of a single strand of hair, relying on an area of forensic science that has since been discredited. This was apparently one of the first successful challenges of such evidence, but it will not be the last. There is a looming crisis in forensic science that promises to plunge the American system of criminal justice into disarray.