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January 31, 2013 New York Times
The New York City medical examiner’s office said Thursday that it had discovered more than 50 cases in which it failed to upload critical DNA evidence samples to the state’s DNA database, an oversight that prevented those samples from being compared to genetic material from convicted offenders in the state.
The mistake has led to the firing of the office’s deputy director of quality of assurance in the crime lab and the suspension of the lab’s quality-assurance director “pending further review of her management practices,” according to a statement from a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office.
The discovery was made during an extensive review undertaken after the office learned that one of its laboratory technicians had missed detecting DNA evidence in at least 26 rape cases. Read More