Illinois crime lab responds to state law allowing police to ignore Discovery of forensic testing

Lets just say that the police  “commenting” about a bill passing through the Illinois legislature that supports non-disclosure of crime lab testing processes is similar to police agencies not being forthcoming with police body camera recordings. Besides the fact that the police emailing person seems to be cryptic and not really explanatory in any real sense.

This type of state control of crime lab internal testing and evaluation reports should become very popular in other jurisdictions.

Full article containing the police crime lab response to criticism from the criminal defense bar. Some quotes:

Defense atty:

“The purpose of the law is to prevent the defense attorneys from getting any of the information we have been able to get in the past. They are going to try to set up rules so the mistakes and errors don’t become the types of information they have to turn over any more,” said Ramsell.

Police crime lab:

“The ISP endorsed Amendment #3 to SB3096 to ensure the integrity and consistency of lab toxicology reports presented to the courts and to not limit disclosure,” according to the emailed response.”

Previous news article. 


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