Who says politics isn’t in Forensics? DAs in DC expect too much from DNA lab

Update on DC Crime Lab. Now there are 3 separate panels reviewing DNA statistics. The DA, the DC government, and the lab itself. Max Houck, the lab director, reemphasizes the amount of stat disagreement amongst equally qualified experts. Im sure this scenario is not an isolated event.

WashPost March 11, 2015

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DNA mixtures (multiple person DNA blood samples) interpretation disagreement raises DC prosecutors to backlash against respected DC crime lab director Max Houck and his $200 million facility. He says different statistical methods produces varying opinions and he has setup a 4 member review panel. “Nothing is broken” he says in response. These agendized prosecutors want to make a big deal about this mixture issue but blithely ignore the fact it is well known within the appropriate scientific community and already is under extensive scrutiny and ongoing adjustment. They would rather make the entire lab suspect. Obviously, there are backroom politics in play. Somebody in the media should dig into this one.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/dc-prosecutors-criticize-city-crime-labs-handling-of-some-dna-cases/2015/03/05/b5244f88-bea4-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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