Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson suspended Forensic Services Agency Director James Hamby on Saturday amid growing concern that the crime lab chief had covered up problems in his agency, reports the Indianapolis Star. Hamby will be on leave without pay pending a criminal investigation.
Three days earlier, Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi requested that a special prosecutor be appointed to probe allegations of wrongdoing in the lab. A lab scientist charged that Hamby had covered up abuses in DNA testing. A prosecutor’s aide said Hamby also is accused of pressuring employees to remain silent about problems.
As lab director since 1985, Hamby reported to the agency’s five-member board. The director’s position is a mayoral appointment. Hamby, 62, had no comment as he left his office in the Sheriff’s Department.