Cuomo Appoints IG to Review Closed Nassau Crime Lab
372983 02: A civilian scientist working in the Broward County crime lab handles processed DNA extractions that were taken from blood samples of convicted criminals July 13, 2000 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Since the DNA Identification Act of 1994 was passed the Federal Bureau of Investigation has established a national database of DNA taken from the blood samples of convicted criminals. The DNA data is used by law enforcement agencies in 22 states to help identify suspects who were previously unknown to investigators. In Florida, DNA blood samples are mandatory if one is convicted for the following offenses or attempted offenses: Car jacking, murder, sexual assault, lewd or indecent acts, aggravated battery, and home invasion. (Photo by Robert King/Newsmakers)
Updated at 7:31 PM EDT on Friday, Feb 25, 2011
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed state Inspector General Ellen Biben to review testing procedures and protocols of a suburban police department crime lab that was closed after revelations that it was generating inaccurate measurements in drug cases.
Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto said in a statement Friday that the inspector general's office has the resources to conduct the review without incurring further taxpayer costs.
Nassau County officials shut the crime lab last week after discovering the problems. Police supervisors were aware of the inaccuracies months before a national accrediting agency placed the lab on probation in December.
The county's district attorney applauded Cuomo's decision to pick the inspector general.
The inspector general's office investigates allegations of corruption, fraud, criminal activity and other abuses by state officials and employees.
Published at 7:27 PM EDT on Feb 25, 2011
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