Audits Raise Questions About Meriden Crime Lab

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) _ Federal authorities are questioning the validity of DNA testing procedures at the Connecticut state police crime laboratory, according to preliminary audits of the Meriden facility.
The Hartford Courant reports that audit teams from the U.S. Department of Justice have raised questions about supervision, reporting of case results, evidence control, data security, quality assurance and validation techniques for DNA test results.
State police officials say the preliminary reports contain inaccuracies that they will address with auditors.
Defense lawyers say the initial results weaken the lab’s credibility and raise questions about DNA evidence used in criminal cases. Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane says it’s premature to speculate on any effect on cases involving DNA.
The crime lab is already troubled by a backlog of evidence processing in nearly 3,900 cases.

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Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
APNT 08-10-11 0744EDT

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