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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