Criminal Investigation Underway for Lab Technician Who Faked Results

Kamal Shah was removed from his position as a lab technician last December after he was observed faking results in a drug case. In February, the state Attorney General notified county prosecutors to alert defense attorneys in drug cases in which Shah’s work was used. This past Wednesday, Cynthia McSweeney, the highest ranking official at the… Read More Criminal Investigation Underway for Lab Technician Who Faked Results

Blood-typing error alleged in wrongful conviction

The case of Keith Allan Harward (discussed earlier this week in this post) has presented a concern about the misuse of serology evidence. The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports: “a former forensic serologist identified a blood type in semen left at the crime scene that supported the innocence of Harward but was not reported in the serologist’s testimony… Read More Blood-typing error alleged in wrongful conviction

Three Books that Examine Flawed Forensics

Professor Brandon Garrett of UVA Law recently wrote a book review of three new books that explore the extent to which flawed forensics have affected the criminal justice system. These books range from discussing the crisis in Harris County, Texas (Cops in Lab Coats: Curbing Wrongful Convictions through Independent Forensic Laboratories, Sandra Guerra Thompson), the systematic… Read More Three Books that Examine Flawed Forensics

New Jersey Crime Lab Tech Suspended For Falsifying Test Results

A New Jersey crime lab technician, Kamalkant Shah, was suspended this last week after discovering that he had written results of a test, before the test was completed. PINAC reports, “Shah was found to be taking inordinate amount of time testing a substance to determine if it was marijuana, then prematurely completing test results prior to the… Read More New Jersey Crime Lab Tech Suspended For Falsifying Test Results