New York State Police Faulted For Allowing Shoddy Forensics Work


The New York State Police's supervision of a major crime laboratory was so poor that it overlooked evidence of pervasively shoddy forensics work, allowing an analyst to go undetected for 15 years as he falsified test results and compromised nearly one-third of his cases, says a state inspector general’s investigation reported by the New York Times.

“Cutting corners in a crime lab is serious and intolerable,” said inspector general Joseph Fisch. “Forensic laboratories must adhere to the highest standards of competence, independence and integrity. Anything less undermines public confidence in our criminal justice system.” Several lab workers whose actions were criticized in the report remain in their jobs pending an internal review of the inspector general's findings.

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