THE FBI: THE GANG THAT COULDN'T EXAMINE STRAIGHT

The Justice Department report on the FBI lab delves deeply into fewer than two dozen cases and examines just three of the FBI's 35 specialized units, but its repercussions are enormous. By questioning the lab's credibility, the 500-page study has undermined thousands of cases that have coursed through the agency--the lab does as many as 600,000 examinations a year--especially those handled by the 10 lab workers faulted in the study. "We're going to get hundreds, if not thousands, of motions that are going to encompass every part of the lab, from latent-fingerprint comparisons to tire-tread analysis," says a ranking FBI agent.

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