Tuesday, May 31, 2005

State panel will investigate lab problems

KLTV 7 Tyler-Longview-Jacksonville, TX: State panel will investigate lab problems: "A new state commission will have the power to investigate reports of negligence or misconduct in Texas' police crime labs.
That's under a bill on its way to Governor Rick Perry.

The House and Senate passed the measure yesterday. Lawmakers hope the Texas Forensic Science Commission will boost confidence in a criminal justice system embarrassed by reports of mismanagement at Texas crime labs. Those labs have the critical task of analyzing evidence.

In Houston, the D-N-A section of the city's police lab was shut down in 2002. That was after an outside audit found serious problems, including lack of training, insufficient documentation and possible contamination of samples."


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