A criminal defense organization today called on Washington State’s Forensic Investigations Council to review alleged misconduct in the Washington State Patrol’s crime labs. The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) urged the council in a letter today to examine possible problems in lab testing during the tenure of toxicology lab manager Ann Marie Gordon, who resigned in July after the allegations were made public. The group is also questioning the testimony of a ballistics analyst in a number of cases.
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. (The Olympian, 10/16/07)
WACDL’s president-elect called for a thorough review of the lab’s work in a statement today:
“We want to ensure that innocent people are not imprisoned, and that people who have committed crimes are brought to justice. Accurate forensic work is essential to the fair administration of the law,” said Bill Bowman, president-elect of the Washington State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL).