Four thousand drug cases must go under review as a result of errors at a drug lab inin Nassau County, New York’s drug lab, the scientific community discusses the implications of a novel forensic phenotyping technique and South Africa’s toxicology backlog obstructs justice in the country. Here’s a roundup of forensic news:
Nassau County’s District Attorney has requested the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate problems that lead to the
closure of the crime laboratory’s drug section
. As a result of the closure, 4,000 cases must
go under review
Science magazine covers the
ethical and legal issues surrounding forensic phenotyping
, the practice of using DNA to determine a person’s skin color, eye color, or physical appearance.
The West Virginia state legislature is
considering a bill
to designate Marshall University as the state’s official laboratory for DNA typing, testing and research.
A Washington Post editorial
supports the creation of a crime laboratory
that reports to the mayor rather than to the police.
South Africa’s national crime laboratory has a
of toxicology cases.