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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

CrimProf Stan Goldman Praises Crime Scene Investigator Henry Lee

GoldmanFrom Loyola Law School CrimProf Stan Goldman recently said that in the real world of CSI – crime scene investigation – Henry Lee is a superstar.

Lee, 68, former chief criminalist for the state of Connecticut, has had roles in numerous high-profile investigations, including the Kobe Bryant rape case, the JonBenet Ramsey slaying and the suicide of Vincent Foster, a deputy counsel to former President Clinton.

Lee's testimony that “something's wrong” with evidence in the O.J. Simpson murder case helped acquit the football star.

A judge has found that something is wrong with Lee's latest foray into celebrity crime: the Phil Spector murder trial. The case may take some luster off the forensic expert's world-famous credentials. If Lee's credibility is damaged, it could undermine the linchpin of Spector's defense: that the woman he is accused of murdering, actress Lana Clarkson, shot and killed herself. Spector's murder trial continues today.

Last week, the Spector trial judge ruled that Lee took a possible piece of evidence – prosecutors say it is a piece of one of Clarkson's fake fingernails – from the scene where she died and didn't turn it over to prosecutors.

In testimony this month, Lee vehemently denied collecting such evidence. Three other witnesses testified that some type of potential evidence was handled at the crime scene when Spector's former defense attorneys – he has a new set of lawyers – were there along with Lee and others the day after Clarkson's Feb. 3, 2003, death.  Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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