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originally posted by: Spider879
Scientists claim New York police forced them to fake DNA
tests to convict more suspects
entists Shannon Morris, Melissa Lee and Kevin Rafferty are suing the crime lab that they were fired from at New York State police department. When the two tried to correct errors they saw in the lab, they say they were silenced and others retaliated against them because the errors were working out in their favor to garner more prosecutions.
The department was working to implement a computerized DNA analysis system called TrueAllele which would guarantee results of the tests are correct. But because of pressure from the police to get more convictions, the use of the system was scrapped.
Their attorney John Bailey explained, “there are people that are very pro-prosecution. They were putting pressure on scientists to reach conclusions that were not scientifically valid. That’s what my clients were objecting to.”
The three scientists have worked for the department for over 20 years with otherwise unblemished records. Of the 37 total staffers that were trained using the TrueAllele system, Morris, Lee and Rafferty were the most vocal in their criticisms of the department’s old analysis method. They explained that it wasn’t long before they were singled out in an “internal investigation” and accused of ethical violations. It served as a pretense to silencing them and blocking the program’s full implementation.
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Just when you think hard science should be the final say along came grey men to cloud it all, science should not be art, open to interpretation something is either is or is not, it's about letting the chips fall where they may, if prosecutors cannot prove their case without cheating then they didn't have a case to begin with.
originally posted by: Phage
Enterprising attorneys don't work for free.
Who's going to pay them for using the claims of an unsettled lawsuit (which does not seem to claim any "fake" evidence was ever used) in a retroactive trial?