Leading Australian state DNA analyst seems to be in a bit of a pickle

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This one article ( from a large collection) about a very senior Western Australia DNA prosecutorial lab DNA scientist raises a bunch of questions on his decades long case work. Here are some key comments:

  • State’s leading DNA expert sacked.
  • Some of the state’s highest profile murder cases and others based heavily on DNA evidence have been thrown into doubt
  • was sacked for “cutting corners” during testing.
  • senior DNA analyst Laurance Webb was “the man” at state-run pathology centre
  • the sacking and breaches against Mr Webb were “unprecedented in Western Australia’s criminal justice history”
  • State Department of Public Prosecution informed all prisoners and attorneys about Webb being guilty of “four serious charges.”

WAToday

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-31/sacking-of-was-leading-dna-scientist-27-criminal-cases-in-doubt/8403618

2014 article interviewing Dr. Webb about Forensics method validated for sexual assualt cases. 

About csidds

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