Sunday, January 14, 2007

Mass. Crime Lab Administrator Suspended Over DNA Evidence Handling


A Massachusetts State Police crime lab administrator has been suspended for failing to turn over DNA matches to a number of unsolved cases until after the statute of limitations had expired, the department said. In other cases,state police said, the employee informed investigators of DNA matches that turned out to be inaccurate.

State Police Lt. William Powers said the discrepancies had not led to any tainted convictions, but they impeded the work of investigators. The most serious problems involved the expired statutes of limitations, he said.

This situation and the issues it raises should be big news, but I doubt all the conservative pundits who are proclaiming their opposition to injustice -- while talking about high profile cases like the Duke case -- will spend any energy on making sure this never happens again.

Rapists getting away with rape because of bureaucratic misconduct? "Whatever," seems to be the response of choice for far too many people who live by the mantra that justice should always tip in favor of accused rapists.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:01 AM   1 comments links to this post


At January 14, 2007 9:38 PM, Anonymous Joe said...

I agree completely. We pay people to protect us and these people did a shit job. They need to be fired and replaced with someone better.


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