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Jurors Beware: State Crime Labs Incentivized to Help Falsely Convict

Many jurors are led to believe that evidence and results provided to them through state crime labs are objective data on which they can rely in determining the fate of the defendant. Earlier this year, we discussed the crime lab scandal at the Hinton Lab in Jamaica Plain in Massachusetts, in which a chemist who was socially wooed by prosecutors falsified lab results in favor of conviction for years, calling 40,000 convictions into question. Jurors should be aware that there are even stronger incentives for state crime labs across the country to help prosecutors secure convictions—their financial stability is tied to convictions. In this article Police State USA shares the results of a study by Roger Koppl and Meghan Sacks in the journal Criminal Justice Ethics. Full Article

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  1. mch

    Many of us know for a fact, beyond the shadow of a doubt that exculpatory forensic computer evidence is “lost”, modified or otherwise scrubbed from hard drives in order to get a conviction. The whole damned system is corrupt.

  2. td777

    In my case, the prosecution in Riverside took almost a year after my arrest just to provide their evidence to my attorney. When they did, I was shown the evidence and it was altered and incomplete. No one should believe this is an isolated case, it is far, far from it.

  3. Bruce

    That is What the Innocence Project is For…& They Have a Certain Criteria to Even Qualify for help Not to Mention the Waiting List @ Least 2 Years…PFFfft! & Kalifornia Attorneys That Only work in 1 part of the state And Not The Northern Half ? CA MEANS CA Not Norcal Not Socal…CALIFORNIA Period. Or So 1 Would Think…Not So! Southern CA Lawyers are Fish Out Of Water OR Scared In Northern Ca. & Visa Versa…I found Out The Hard Way,,,I Asked them ALL & a Few Not In the BAR…..I Have Come to believe that BAR stands for “Bad Attorney Referrals”….Hahahahahaha,,Just Jokin’ but Not By Much!!

  4. Bruce

    ANY TIME YOU WANNA SUE ANY CA COUNTY For ANYTHING RSO Related I’ll PUT MY NAME ON IT !!! NO PROBLEM We Can Start With Who Ever You Want.

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