New Errors Under Review at Troubled L.I. Crime Lab

Cuomo appointed state inspector general to review testing procedures at shut-down lab.

Friday, Mar 4, 2011  |  Updated 8:27 AM EDT
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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)

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New problems have been uncovered at a troubled Long Island crime lab, according to a published report.

Prosecutors found the Nassau police crime lab mismatched reports on blood-alcohol tests in drunken driving cases last fall, reports Newsday .     

Police at the lab discovered the errors while reviewing documents in a contested drunken driving case, the paper says.

It says prosecutors ultimately discovered mismatched reports in nine misdemeanor drunken driving cases handled at the lab.     

Nassau County police declined to comment on the new findings.  District Attorney Kathleen Rice says the errors underscore the need for the review her office is conducting of the lab.     

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed the state inspector general to review testing procedures and protocols at the lab that closed after revelations it was generating inaccurate measurements in drug cases. 

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