How politics enters the crime lab from the front door: Cops influencing technician reporting

Forensic Fraud: Scientists Say State Police Gave In To Political Pressure With Crime Lab Policy

As much as the major forensic organizations (AAFS and state run lab associations and their accreditors) don’t object to the association of crime labs and police by saying it is a logistical match, the news keeps popping up with stories to the contrary. Its amazing how over-reaching police and police lab managers (who get defendants to plead guilty about 95% of the time) aid prosecutors on a regular basis and few seem to care other than defendants.

This time it is a continuing story in Michigan state whose labs have promulgated that any THC recovered by police will be recorded as synthetic rather than plant-based absent any testing. This article explains why.

A major voice in forensic science for 40 years says its not science that is the result. Some others seem to believe that “Criminal Justice” has developed a new biased meaning in certain applications.

http://wemu.org/post/forensic-scientists-say-state-police-gave-political-pressure-crime-lab-policy#stream/0       and

http://michiganradio.org/post/forensic-scientists-blast-state-police-crime-lab-thc-policy-man-fights-get-son-back#stream/0

Associated articles about the Michigan crime lab:

http://fox17online.com/2015/10/29/emails-spell-out-alleged-scandal-in-state-crime-lab-testing-falsely-reporting-marijuana/

http://fox17online.com/2015/11/05/drug-felonies-without-credible-proof-allegations-of-politicking-in-state-police-crime-labs/

 

About csidds

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