News 04.07.11

Science Thursdays: Iowa Senator Call for Army Crime Lab Investigation

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) called for a federal investigation of the Army Crime Lab, prosecutors in Indiana covered up errors at the toxicology lab and the city of Philadelphia deals with unreliable breath tests.  Here’s a roundup of forensics news:


Sen. Grassley requested an investigation by the Inspector General of the Department of Defense to determine

whether the military mishandled problems at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory


The leaders of an Indiana prosecutors group were alerted more than two years ago about errors at the Indiana State Department of Toxicology,

but failed to disclose that information


Philadelphia city officials announced last month that

police had been using four breath-testing instruments that had not undergone mandatory calibration checks

, affecting evidence in drunken-driving cases between September 2009 and November 2010.

After years of problematic case work,

a controversial medical examiner may no longer work in California


An increasing number of states are interested in using

familial DNA searches


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