Is our forensics lab sufficiently independent? The National Academy of Sciences has argued that crime labs run by the police emphasize speedy results to the detriment of objectivity, leading to bias. WHO WOULD PAY FOR IT? The public defender's office typically pays out-of-state labs $1,000 per request to verify Metro's lab results. To read archived stories involving DNA evidence and crime labs in Las Vegas, visit lasvegassun.com/crimelabs.
Jul 20, 2011 20:00 EDT
SPEED VS. ACCURACY The National Academy of Sciences has argued that crime labs run by the police emphasize speedy results to the detriment of objectivity, leading to bias. WHO WOULD PAY FOR IT? The public defender's office typically pays out-of-state labs $1,000 per request to verify Metro's lab results. To read archived stories involving DNA evidence and crime labs in Las Vegas, visit lasvegassun.com/crimelabs.. It's one thing for Metro Police to investigate its crime lab after it made a mistake that sent the wrong man to prison, but many leading scientists would argue the agency shouldn't even be running its own lab. The National Academy of Sciences fervently believes a lab operated by law enforcement runs the scientific risk of siding with the prosecution, while an independent lab would be more objective. Clark County District Attorney David Roger says it's logistically important for Metro to run the crime lab because prosecutors work closely with police. And for that reason, Public
Oct 08, 2010 18:44 EDT
Mass. gubernatorial race turns into courtroom thriller with charges of espionage, conspiracy. A hard-fought Massachusetts gubernatorial race has morphed into a courtroom thriller, complete with charges of espionage, conspiracy and subterfuge.
Mar 10, 2010 18:22 EST
DOHA (Reuters) - American world indoor sprint favorite Ivory Williams has tested positive for marijuana and ruled ineligible for the world championships, costing the event one of its key match-ups, officials said on Wednesday.
Dec 06, 2009 13:41 EST
Mass. Senate hopefuls face final challenge: Getting their voters to the polls on Tuesday. Forget the ads, debates and endorsements.
Jun 10, 2009 15:28 EDT
Through Red Sox-colored glasses, some Bostonians see Globe-Times dispute as a NY beanball. For devoted Boston Globe readers, it's bad enough that the 137-year-old newspaper has a murky future. Even worse: The fate of the paper will be decided by a bunch of New Yorkers.
Apr 16, 2009 16:54 EDT
Catholic clashes with Obama raise stakes on impending pick for US ambassador to Vatican. Since the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic ties in 1984, little attention has been paid to the process and politics of selecting a U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. That's changing under a new president whose positions have been criticized by several American bishops and conservative Catholics.