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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Patrick Says State's Crime Laboratories Improving

Photo_servlet Gov. Deval Patrick says the State Police Crime Lab and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are both improving after some high-profile problems.Speaking Thursday to a meeting of state prosecutors, the governor said 18,000 DNA samples in cold storage have been sifted through and prioritized.

He also said DNA processing time has been cut in about half and the lab has entered more than 35,574 DNA profiles into the national offender database during the past year.

Patrick said the Medical Examiner's office has also improved, with the number of bodies in storage down to 25 from a high of 112 in a space that was designed for 75.

Medical examiner Dr. Mark Flomenbaum was fired and the office came under renewed scrutiny last year after the wrongful release and burial of a misidentified body. [Mark Godsey]

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