Sunday, January 19, 2014

Article on Annie Dookhan, Sonja Faraz and other employees of U.S. labs whose forensic fraud has been exposed contains a comment which raises questions about the effectiveness of regulation: "The majority of U.S. labs where forensic fraud has been exposed have been formally accredited." HL);

STORY: "Crime labs still unregulated despite scandal," published by Allgov on January 8, 2014;
(Allgov provides  "up-to-date news about more than 340 departments and agencies of the U.S. government, most of which operate under the radar of the media, even when they have annual budgets of billions of dollars);

GIST: "There have been a dozen scandals involving crime labs across the United States in just the past two years, but Congress has yet to take action to stop this problem that has resulted in hundreds of convicted criminals going free.........One forensic consultant, Brent Turvey, has argued that accreditation may not have helped the Massachusetts situation, and perhaps even made it worse. “In the Hinton Lab, if they were accredited, the incentive to commit the kind of fraud that Annie Dookhan was committing would have been higher, because the issue would have been maintaining accreditation,” Turvey told NPR. “In fact, the majority of labs where forensic fraud [is] exposed, the majority of them are ASCLD/LAB accredited.” Congress may address the problem this year, but it is unclear whether any legislation will be adopted to impose more government oversight for crime labs.""

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