The Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association condemned the operations at the Austin Police Department crime laboratory on Friday, September 16. Prosecutors in the DA’s office said officials at the crime lab were guilty of “shoddy practices” and “gross errors that could jeopardize the rights of thousands of defendants and victims.”
In a statement, the association said: “For years, the Austin Police Department has known its DNA lab was taking shortcuts to save time and money at the expense of science. Prosecutors in the DA’s (District Attorney’s) office questioned the lab’s shoddy practices and were rebuffed.” The laboratory currently has a serious load of backlogs and recently obtained $5 million from the City of Austin to address the issue.
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