Scandalous and an affront to every tenet of a proper judicial system. The revelations in this piece "Convicted defendants left uninformed of forensic flaws found by Justice Dept." from The Washington Post about critical information being withheld, or not provided, to lawyers for the defence in criminal trials, highlights how the so-called justice system in the USA is severely flawed.
Officials started reviewing the cases in the 1990s after reports that sloppy work by examiners at the FBI lab was producing unreliable forensic evidence in court trials. Instead of releasing those findings, they made them available only to the prosecutors in the affected cases, according to documents and interviews with dozens of officials.
As a result, hundreds of defendants remain in prison or on parole for crimes that might merit exoneration, a retrial or a retesting of evidence using DNA because FBI hair and fiber experts may have misidentified them as suspects."