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Crime: Forensic Science / Houston Lab (Part I) #943749

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A report from Israeli scientists about the fabrication of DNA & placing a fake sample at a crime scene noted.

(Gary Tuchman) The problems with "junk science" in forensics as in the criminal lab in Houston examined; details given about the case of freed prisoner Ernest Sonnier, who was convicted of a kidnapping/rape in 1986 & freed by DNA evidence. [SONNIER - reacts.] [Innocence Project Barry SCHECK†- criticizes the Houston police crime lab.] [Harris County D.A. Patricia LYKOS†- states we need an independent crime lab; comments on the Sonnier case.] The review of hundreds of cases in Harris County, Texas, noted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Atlanta: Jeffrey Toobin) The accuracy of DNA evidence in criminal cases & the problems with the collecting of this evidence; the evidence in the Sonnier case; the difficulties in relying solely on DNA hair evidence & tomorrow night's story on ballistics & DNA analysis discussed.

Reporter(s):
Cooper, Anderson;
Toobin, Jeffrey
Duration:
00:07:10

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