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Reader comment on item: More Reasons for Brandon Mayfield's Incarceration

Submitted by Theron Fuller (United States), Jul 10, 2008 at 13:17

Three FBI senior fingerprint experts stated they had concluded "with 100 percent accuracy" that the Madrid fingerprint was Mayfield's. Problem was, they were 100 percent wrong.

All the stuff you itemized above is facts, not evidence. Nobody in the U.S. government ever produced any credible evidence against Mayfield. Just a bunch of unconnected facts. So somebody in his house checked airline scedules to Spain. Nobody in the house ever went to Spain. It's the same with all the other facts you list.

But the most compelling fact about the whole case is the U.S. government paid out $2 million to Mayfield to settle their massive screwup.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
How not to conduct a terrorist investigation [106 words]Theron FullerJul 10, 2008 13:17134788
Too much! [22 words]Wayne WagnerNov 30, 2006 12:5067870
Yes you are a suspect! [239 words]Ralph from VirginiaNov 30, 2006 08:0367834
Admission of Incompetency, and Guilt : Case of Brandon Mayfield [130 words]Jarson HippieNov 29, 2006 22:3667814

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