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FREDERICK W. WHITEHURST

Frederick W. Whitehurst has been the Executive Director of the Forensic Justice Project (FJP) since 1998, when it was founded as a project of the National Whistleblower Center. From 1982 until 1998, Mr. Whitehurst worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigations in various capacities, including in General Crime Investigations, Organized Crime/ Reactive Crime Narcotic Investigations, Bank Robbery, Fugitive, Background, Bank Fraud Investigations, Columbian Cocaine and Middle Eastern Heroin Trafficking, and the FBI Laboratory. During his tenure at the FBI, Mr. Whitehurst lectured at the FBI Academy, The U.S. State Department, the FAA Conference on Airline Security, the FBI Explosives School, and the Department of Defense. He has since been a lecturer at the University of Missouri, Washington College, the Corps of Engineers, the FBI Academy and various international conferences.

Mr. Whitehurst gave testimony before the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress and before the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning FBI Laboratory failures. Prior to his testimony, Whitehurst charged that the FBI Crime Laboratory managers lacked proper training, that evidence was mishandled, and that lab employees suppressed exculpatory evidence, committed perjury, and gave unscientific opnions. His statements and subsequent testimony received widespread attention.

Mr. Whitehurst served three years in Vietnam in the Army in infantry and military intelligence. He received his B.S. from East Carolina University (1974), his Ph.D. from Duke University (1980) was a post-doctoral fellow at Texas A&M University (1980-82), and obtained his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School (1996).

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