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News, The Snitch State Appeals Court Upholds Judge's Order Unsealing Secret DNA Lab Memo

State Appeals Court Upholds Judge's Order Unsealing Secret DNA Lab Memo

A panel of state appeals-court judges has upheld a San Francisco Superior Court judge's order last month that District Attorney George Gascón release a secret memo describing problems with DNA analysis at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab.The decision…
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News, The Snitch DA Candidates Call for Release of Secret Crime Lab Memo, Citing <i>SF Weekly</i> Cover Story

DA Candidates Call for Release of Secret Crime Lab Memo, Citing SF Weekly Cover Story

Contenders in this year's election for San Francisco District Attorney have called on current DA George Gascón to release an internal memo that criticizes procedures for analyzing DNA evidence at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Laboratory.The memo, the existence…
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News, Feature Crime Lab Confidential: DA and SFPD Withheld Damaging Memo About DNA Lab Failings

Crime Lab Confidential: DA and SFPD Withheld Damaging Memo About DNA Lab Failings

Illustration by Pete Ryan. On Feb. 9, 2010, San Francisco residents Emon Brown and Joc Wilson were acquitted of all charges in a double murder trial that had lasted five months. The outcome was undoubtedly a relief to the…
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News, The Snitch DA's Office Belatedly Mails Memo Criticizing Crime Lab to Defense Lawyers

DA's Office Belatedly Mails Memo Criticizing Crime Lab to Defense Lawyers

Questions About Secrecy Surrounding Document PersistThe San Francisco District Attorney's Office has quietly begun supplying criminal defense lawyers with an internal memo that criticizes the work of the San Francisco Police Department Crime lab's DNA Unit.The memo is the same one…
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News, The Snitch Prosecutor: Crime Lab Produced 'Misleading' Report Implicating Murder Suspects

Prosecutor: Crime Lab Produced 'Misleading' Report Implicating Murder Suspects

District Attorney Releases Critique of DNA Evidence in 2007 HomicideA highly regarded prosecutor and DNA expert who was employed for three years at the San Francisco District Attorney's office authored a critique of work at the San Francisco Police Department…
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News, The Snitch DA Kamala Harris Says She Never Saw Report Criticizing Crime Lab

DA Kamala Harris Says She Never Saw Report Criticizing Crime Lab

SFPD Chief Also Denies Awareness of Critique Written by Prosecutor and DNA ExpertDistrict Attorney Kamala Harris and San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón both said today they have never seen and were not aware of a report in which a…
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News, Feature SFPD crime lab's DNA evidence could be tainted by concealed mistakes

SFPD crime lab's DNA evidence could be tainted by concealed mistakes

Nine months ago, the San Francisco Police Department Crime Laboratory — a capacious, hangarlike building fronted with palm trees in the old Hunters Point naval shipyard — was rocked by the revelation that a rogue technician, Debbie Madden, had…
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Video: Public Defender Jeff Adachi Discusses the SFPD Crime Lab DNA Scandal

As head of the office that represents the majority of defendants charged with serious crimes in San Francisco, Public Defender Jeff Adachi has paid close attention to problems with forensic evidence at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Lab. Here,…
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