Lawyers call for independent lab review in Detroit


After Detroit officials closed the city’s police crime lab two weeks ago, prosecutors vowed to conduct an investigation to get to the bottom of the lab’s 10 percent error rate. But defense attorneys said yesterday that a review by prosecutors isn’t good enough, and they called for an independent audit of the lab before it could reopen.

William Winters, president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, said he is troubled by the prospect of local prosecutors leading the investigation.

"You just have to avoid any appearance of impropriety," he said. "You really can't afford to have prosecutors reviewing their own cases."

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. (Detroit Free Press, 10/7/08)

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