Trouble is, sometimes it comes to you, through no fault of your own. See, e.g. Kathryn Johnston: she did no wrong, but an informant pointed to her to help himself cut a deal. The police killed her in cold blood, then planted a throw-down bag to cover their tracks. Fortunately, the jailhouse snitch was more honest than our brave boys in blue and called the FBI to tell the other side of the story.I think of our Court System as functioning similar to the method used to determine Jusice in Thunderdome: The Wheel of Justice. “Bust a Deal and Face the Wheel”. The possible outcomes ranged from nothing to cruel and ridiculous; it’s a crapshoot. The best advice is to avoid it.
Gilchrest was at the state level; the FBI "inventing" an analysis technique is a national-level conspiracy (and I don't use that word lightly--it was an organized effort to perpetrate a falsehood as legitimate science).Full disclosure: I haven't fully read the O/P, but didn't this come to light years ago? Seems that I recall this being an issue in the Joyce Gilchrist fiasco. Maybe not but from what I've read in the distant past I was under the impression that microscopic hair analysis is nothing more than the examiner's opinion of a comparison. IOW, hardly scientific.
But hey, we should trust our law enforcement. Fact is, even the good ones, the ones pure of heart, can be suckered by bad actors.