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The National Whistleblowers Center 3238 P Street, Nw
Washington Dc, District of Columbia 20007
The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is the leading whistleblower legal advocacy organization with an almost 30-year history of protecting the right of individuals to report wrongdoing without fear of retaliation. The National Whistleblower Legal Defen ... more
Executive Director, Forensic Justice Project
Head of the Forensic Justice Project
National Whistleblowers Center
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, Co-Chairperson
As co-counsel to Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, Mr. Colapinto was responsible for the lawsuit that forced President Clinton to issue a historic directive ordering the Attorney General to implement regulations protecting FBI employee whistleblowers.
The review was sparked by the ...
The review was sparked by the work of Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, a top FBI crime lab expert who initially blew the whistle on the laboratory's misconduct twenty years ago, between 1992 and 1998. Dr. Whitehurst is represented by Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP.In response to Dr. Whitehurst's original whistleblower disclosures, the DOJ formed a Task Force in the mid-1990s to review thousands of cases impacted by Dr. Whitehurst's allegations and to determine if any individuals were wrongly convicted. At the time, the DOJ and FBI pledged to correct their mistakes. However, the DOJ Task Force review was conducted in secret and resulted in very few defendants being notified of problems with forensic evidence. Results from the Task Force were not publicly released until Dr. Whitehurst succeeded in obtaining Task Force documents in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the DOJ.
His lawyer, David Colapinto from the National Whistleblowers Centre in Washington DC, said Dr Whitehurst had been vindicated.
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