Meet the Whistleblower

Dr. Frederic Whitehurst is a former FBI scientist who “blew the whistle” on misconduct within the FBI crime lab, resulting in extensive reforms being made. He was America’s first successful FBI whistleblower. His case exposed forensic fraud in the FBI crime lab and subjected it to outside oversight for the first time. In 1997, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto won a landmark victory and was responsible for a historic Presidential Executive Order ensuring whistleblower protection Rights for FBI Agents who expose misconduct. They also obtained an extraordinary settlement of $1,166,000 plus $258,580 in attorney’s fees.

Dr. Whitehurst established the Forensic Justice Project at the National Whistleblowers Center and initiated Freedom of Information Act requests that led to a NWC/Washington Post investigation of the FBI Crime Lab that forced the FBI to review 20,000 hair analysis cases. The investigation to date has resulted in several exonerations, reversals of convictions, and one stayed execution. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto also represented Dr. Whitehurst when he was called as a witness in high profile cases People v. OJ Simpson, 1993 World Trade Center bombing, U.S. v. McVeigh and U.S. v. Nichols.

View the Political Cartoons about Whitehurst’s controversial revelations here.



Articles from the Archives:


Justice Dept. Inspector General Report Once Again Validates Whistleblower’s Allegations About FBI Lab Scandal


FBI Launches Massive Review of Use of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Case

The Washington Post: Reviewed Lab Work held close to vest

Washington Post: DOJ review of flawed FBI forensics processes lacked transparency


The Tampa Tribune: FBI lab jeopardizes local cases

The Washington Post: U.S. to Pay FBI Whistleblower’s Legal Fees

The Washington Times: Reno considered probe of FBI chief over whistleblower

St. Petersburg Times: Reviews of cases went nowhere

Sloppy lab work casts doubt on some Florida Cases

GQ: The FBI’s Dirty Tricks


The Washington Post: Former FBI Workers File Whistleblower Suit

San Jose Mercury News: Ex-FBI scientist starts anew

The Charlotte Observer: FBI lab critic still has whistle

Legal Times: Embattled Lab to Undergo New Scrutiny

Legal times: FBI Crime lab Faces Key Tests Los Angeles Times: FBI Settles Lawsuit With Ex-Crime Lab Supervisor


The Wall Street Journal: FBI Transferred, or Even Promoted, Problem Agents

The Washington Post: Lab Procedures Criticized in McVeigh Trial NACDL News: FBI Crime LAB-Cleanup of Coverup?

Time Magazine: What’s at the FBI?

New York Post: Stumbles at the FBI crime lab

Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Agency says FBI froze it out of Oklahoma City bombing

The New York Times: The F.B.I.’s Limited Cleanup

Houston Chronicle: At the FBI – Featuring Frederic Whitehurst

The New York Times: F.B.I. Whistle-Blower Pledges To Correct Mistakes of Justice

The New York Times: The Unscientific F.B.I. Lab

The New York Times: Report Criticizes Scientific Testing at F.B.I. Crime Lab

USA Today: Lab is thrust under microscope

Time bomb in the crime lab Los Angeles Times: Freeh Admits ‘Incomplete” Testimony Before  Congress

The Washington Times: Freeh misled Congress, IG says

The National Law Journal: Defense Bar Angry Over Lab Scandal

The Palm beach Post: Give Hastings his due; put the FBI on trial

The Washington Post: FBI Role in Impeachment Probed

Newsweek: Under the Microscope

Los Angeles Times: FBI Warns of Possible Flaws in Lab Evidence

Los Angeles Times: Workers Portray FBI Crime Lab as a Shoddy Shop

The New York Times: F.B.I. Lab Practices Faulted In Oklahoma Bomb Inquiry

The Washington Post: Is the FBI Going Downhill?

The New York Times: Report Finds F.B.I. Lab Slipping From Pinnacle of Crime Fighting

The Washington Post: FBI Suspends Internal Critic


The Washington Post: FBI Lab Audit Finds Some Discrepancies

The Washington Post: FBI Crime Laboratory Being Probed

The New York Times: Bomb Judge Bars Meeting By Prosecutor

USA Today: Okla. City bombing interview challenged


Editor & Publisher: Whistle-blower Alleges Retaliation

Daily Times: Feds put FBI lab under microscope

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