News 06.14.07

New tests urged in audit of Houston lab

The final report in a comprehensive investigation of the Houston crime lab calls for officials to retest evidence in at least 413 cases in which defendants were convicted based on testing that may have been flawed. The report, issued yesterday, closes a two-year investigation headed by independent investigator Michael Bromwich, and it details dozens of testing errors and questionable practices uncovered at the Houston lab.

"We found that the serology work that the Crime Lab did actually perform during the 1980-1992 period was generally unreliable," Bromwich added.

Bromwich said the cost of the retest in problem serology cases should be covered by the city and the county.

The Bromwich probe, which began in March of 2005, has uncovered severe and pervasive problems at the Houston Police Department crime lab that never before had come to light in the years controversy has plagued the lab.


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. (Houston Chronicle, 6/13/07)

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