Science Thursday – May 10, 2012
The Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory is undergoing two investigations, an Indiana coroner arrives at a crime scene intoxicated, and the District of Columbia settles cases in which prosecutors knowingly relied on discredited breathalyzer results. Here’s this week’s round up of forensic news:
Los Angeles County Public Defender Jennifer Friedman makes the case in The Champion that
litigating unvalidated forensic evidence is essential to reform
The Office of Special Counsel
investigates whistleblower retaliation complaints
at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory while the Pentagon Inspector General investigates evidence handling problems.
The District of Columbia has settled at least four cases
where people sued the city
because prosecutors continued to use breathalyzer results in pursuing drunk-driving convictions even after learning the machines were not properly calibrated. Several other claims are still pending.
The Oneida County Board of Legislators
voted to abolish the county coroner system
and replace it with a medical examiner’s office.
An Indiana coroner was arrested
after allegedly driving intoxicated to a crime scene
Crime Report commentary
challenges the science used
in a 2000 California arson conviction.
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