Prosecutors stopped sending evidence to what was once a state-of-the-art forensics crime laboratory in Washington, D.C. in March 2015, over worries that technicians had provided false information about DNA evidence left at a crime scene.
Earlier this June, the crime laboratory for Austin, Texas was closed due to concerns that the laboratory’s technicians were not following proper protocols when it comes to the lab’s proper operations.
In 2014, Massachusetts former forensics analyst Tiffany Roy said she was assigned to double-check DNA that was obtained from a knife handle, which she found inconclusive. After that, she filed a complaint with the American Society of Crime Lab Directors on Oct. 2, 2015, regarding the issue, noting, “Serious concerns were raised for me regarding the methods being employed by Broward County in the interpretation of complex mixtures.”
In 2012, Broward Sheriff’s Office crime lab former drug analyst Kelli McDonald was subjected to multiple Internal Affairs investigations after cocaine evidence in several of the cases she analyzed were found inconsistent, leading to the Broward Public Defenders’ Office to allege that evidence that McDonald handled cannot be trusted in court.
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