Massachusetts Crime Lab Botched 27 DNA Results

An administrator in the Massachusetts State Police crime lab mishandled DNA test results in 27 sexual assault cases, nearly twice the number previously reported. Massachusetts’ new public safety director, Kevin Burke, said that the DNA computer database administrator failed to tell law enforcement officials of DNA matches in 23 sexual assault cases. In the other four cases, the administrator violated department policy by running searches using the genetic profiles of close relatives of convicted felons.

The statute of limitations has now expired in some of these cases. None of the 27 cases can be prosecuted due to the administrator’s failures.

Burke is asking taxpayers for $300,000 for a complete review of the crime lab.


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