Forensic lab autonomy in Mexico way ahead of US counterpart labs managed by police

Police have no jurisdiction in Mexican forensic science laboratories and investigations. DNA crime scene collection is done by civilian investigators.

Fascinating. My county has made at least four attempts, in the last 30+ years, to put the Ventura County ME’s office under control of law enforcement. Our new ME, Dr. Ann Bucholtz is adamant at retaining her independence.

In Jalisco, home to the cartel that last spring shot down a military helicopter with an RPG, venality runs deep and the violence is heinous: corpses cut to pieces, fingerprints burned away with acid, bodies stacked on top of bodies. Indeed, as the narco wars have reached new depths, it’s been hard to see any light through the blood and despair. But 18 years ago, amid recalcitrant corruption, officials decided to partition forensics from police and prosecutors, giving the Instituto Jalisciense de Ciencias Forenses complete autonomy. Independence, they believed, would prevent conflicts of interest, promote scientific integrity and restore public trust.

Full article

Thanks to @maxmhouck

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