Michael Bromwich, a former U.S. Justice Department inspector general who has investigated scandals from Iran-Contra to the FBI crime lab, has been recommended to lead a probe of Houston’s forensic problems, says the Houston Chronicle. He must negotiate a contract with the Houston Police Department and win approval from City Council. “With his selection, HPD would be on the way to restoring public confidence in the lab,” said lawyer Barry Scheck of the New York-based Innocence Project, who has called for an independent investigation since errors in lab analyses were exposed more than two years ago.
Bromwich, a lawyer in private practice, led an investigation into allegations of incompetence, misconduct, and improper procedures at the FBI crime lab. He has assembled a team of nine experts, with experience in all areas of crime labs from DNA analysis to toxicology, that would assist him in Houston. Bromwich’s recommendation comes from 12 citizens on the Crime Lab Stakeholders Committee.