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FBI wrongly linked Oregon lawyer to Madrid bombings, forensics experts conclude

[JURIST] A panel of forensics experts have concluded that institutional intimidation at the FBI prevented agents from correcting an obvious mistake that led to the arrest of an innocent Oregon lawyer in connection with the Madrid train bombings last spring. The panel's report, which was published in the November/December issue of the Journal of Forensic Identification, found that after a supervisor in the fingerprint division of the agency identified the print as Mayfield's, it was difficult for other agents to point out the mistake. The Justice Department is also investigating the incident. Mayfield was arrested in May and held as a material witness before all charges were dropped and the FBI issued an apology. Newsweek has more on Mayfield, who filed a lawsuit against the government in October alleging that he was targeted because he was a Muslim. JURIST's Paper Chase has more on the Madrid bombings and Mayfield. The Washington Post has more.

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