When a laboratory analyst caves into pressure from supervisors, investigators, or prosecutors, it’s the worst thing that can happen in a crime lab.
Either manipulating results to make false positives, or increasing amounts in order to obtain increased sentencing, the analyst (and to some extent the entire lab) stops being an advocate for the truth (science), and becomes
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…well that is what the article below contends.
If only a quarter of the information in the following article is true, it indicates the North Carolina forensic lab system is in need of an extreme overhaul.
Witness for the prosecution: Crime lab is loyal to law enforcement
SBI analysts, in lockstep with police and prosecutors, seek convictions — often
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Most people will never directly be the victim of a violent crime. Many more will be the victim of property crimes. Due to prioritization, and backlogs in government crime labs, police department should follow Ft. Lauderdale PD’s lead — send property crime evidence to private labs.
Quicker turn around will lead to quicker arrests, and less
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Even after the report by the National Academy of Sciences recommending that forensic labs be independent of police and prosecutor’s offices, those groups still fight to give not give up control (and thereby influence the results of forensic analysis) of crime labs.
D.C.‘s top forensic scientist has been transferred out of the police department amid an increasingly bitter
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Recently the NAS report described how institutional bias should be avoided by having crime labs removed from police/prosecutor’s agencies. The article quoted below ran in PoliceOne.com, and talks about how police officers can contribute to bias in forensic examination.
A police officer rushes up to the fingerprint examiner and pleads for help.
The suspect sitting in the interrogation
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