A botched analysis by a state crime lab analyst in Lubbock, Tx., helped convict a college student and send him to prison for more than 17 years for a rape he did not commit, the Chicago Tribune reports. Brandon Moon, 43, will be released today from prison in El Paso because recent DNA tests on evidence in the case eliminate him as the attacker. El Paso District Atty. Jaime Esparza, said, “I would like to convey my apologies to Mr. Moon on behalf of the State of Texas and acknowledge that an apology at this time is inadequate, but that my office and the State of Texas, in the interest of truth, recognize the injustice Mr. Moon has suffered.”
Moon’s attorneys, Nina Morrison and Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project in New York, a non-profit group that has helped exonerate dozens of inmates, said that Moon’s conviction was based in part on faulty forensic work. The analysis was performed by Glen David Adams, a serologist in the Texas crime lab in Lubbock. Adams no longer works at the lab. A recent Tribune investigative report, “Forensics Under the Microscope,” outlined serious problems that have been uncovered at crime labs across the country. Many of the failings include faulty blood analysis such as that in the Moon case. In recent years, evidence of problems has emerged in crime labs in 17 states.