Council hearing addresses possible DNA mishandling

Christine Quinn
(Metro file photo)

The City Council addressed the mishandling of rape cases today at a hearing.

A report in January revealed that hundreds of cases were being reviewed after a medical examiner’s office staffer may have improperly handled DNA evidence.

Council members suggested reforms to the system after this morning’s hearing.

“The importance of these reforms cannot be underestimated.” Council Speaker Christine Quinn said today. “If these reforms are not implemented, the risk of future errors increases each and every day.”

The Council demanded that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conduct a thorough review to find out how the problems happened in the first place, looking through management, protocols and oversight.

They also suggested that the office should publicly post its protocol and any actions taken to make sure that this type of problem could never happen again.

Also, they suggested additional training for technicians.


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