1,000 L.A. Police Fingerprint Cases To Be Checked For Errors


Los Angeles Police Department fingerprint examiners who falsely implicated at least two people in crimes have been linked to nearly 1,000 other cases that authorities say must now be reviewed to ensure that similar errors weren’t made, reports the Los Angeles Times. Nearly two dozen of those cases are awaiting trial.

Prosecutors began a review of the cases as part of their work with a multi-agency task force formed by Police Chief William Bratton last fall after the Times reported that six police print analysts had made critical errors in their work. The police effort to reform the unit has moved slowly because of a lack of funding.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fingerprint15-2009jan15,0,4923346.story

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