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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, December 17, 2009

(Another) Cautionary Note for the CSI Generation

The New York Times has a story headlined Inquiry Condemns Oversight at State Police Crime Lab:

The New York State Police’s supervision of a crime laboratory was so poor that it overlooked evidence of pervasively shoddy forensics work, allowing an analyst to go undetected for 15 years as he falsified test results and compromised nearly one-third of his 322 cases, an investigation by the state’s inspector general has found.

The analyst’s training was so substandard that at one point last year, investigators discovered he did not know how to operate a microscope essential to performing his job, a report released Thursday by the inspector general said.

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