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News, DNA Lab Cover-Up: SFPD to Investigate Claims in Secret Court Records

DNA Lab Cover-Up: SFPD to Investigate Claims in Secret Court Records

The San Francisco Police Department is launching an internal-affairs investigation based on a whistleblower's allegations that senior police officials and prosecutors may have deliberately tried to deceive state inspectors about the health of the department's DNA-testing lab. Rockne Harmon, a…
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News, The Snitch Judge Unseals Secret Court Records Detailing Alleged DNA Lab Cover-Up

Judge Unseals Secret Court Records Detailing Alleged DNA Lab Cover-Up

A judge unsealed court records today detailing a whistle-blower's allegations that police and prosecutors might have been involved in an orchestrated effort to mislead auditors about the state of the San Francisco Police Department's DNA-testing lab.Superior Court Judge Charles Haines…
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News, The Snitch Secret Court Transcript Reveals Concerns About 'Deliberate Attempt' to Mislead Crime Lab Auditors

Secret Court Transcript Reveals Concerns About 'Deliberate Attempt' to Mislead Crime Lab Auditors

Judge: "It's always the coverup that makes the things worse than the problem to begin with"The San Francisco Police Department and District Attorney's Office are both implicated in allegations that a deliberate effort was made to conceal defects at the…
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News, The Snitch Defense Lawyers Get DNA Lab Documents; Prosecutors Fighting to Keep Them Under Seal

Defense Lawyers Get DNA Lab Documents; Prosecutors Fighting to Keep Them Under Seal

Attorneys in the Public Defender's office have obtained a portion of a memo critical of the DNA section of the San Francisco Police Department crime lab, and say they plan to use the document as evidence in a high-profile murder…
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News, The Snitch DA's Office to Comply with Judges' Orders Unsealing Secret Crime Lab Memo

DA's Office to Comply with Judges' Orders Unsealing Secret Crime Lab Memo

A spokesperson for San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said this afternoon that the DA's office will obey an appellate court's ruling that prosecutors disclose a potentially damaging memo on problems with DNA-testing procedures at the San Francisco Police Department…
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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 Read the DA's Appeal of Judge's Order Unsealing DNA Lab Memo

Read the DA's Appeal of Judge's Order Unsealing DNA Lab Memo

As expected, the office of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón on Monday filed an appeal of a judge's order that prosecutors share with defense lawyers an internal memo criticizing the San Francisco Police Department crime lab.The memo, authored by…
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News, The Snitch DA Candidates Ramp Up Attacks on George Gascón over Efforts to Conceal DNA Lab Memo

DA Candidates Ramp Up Attacks on George Gascón over Efforts to Conceal DNA Lab Memo

Candidates attempting to unseat District Attorney George Gascón in the November election held a joint press conference today to draw attention to Gascón's continued efforts to conceal an internal memorandum criticizing DNA testing at the San Francisco Police Department crime…
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News, The Snitch DA's Office to Appeal Judge's Order Unsealing DNA Lab Memo

DA's Office to Appeal Judge's Order Unsealing DNA Lab Memo

Prosecutors in the office of District Attorney George Gascón have decided to appeal a judge's order that they release an internal memo detailing problems with DNA analysis in the San Francisco Police Department crime lab.The San Francisco Chronicle reported on…
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News, The Snitch Over Prosecutor's Objections, Judge Says He Is 'Compelled by Law' to Release DNA Lab Memo

Over Prosecutor's Objections, Judge Says He Is 'Compelled by Law' to Release DNA Lab Memo

A judge rejected a prosecutor's pleas today that he reconsider his decision to release a controversial secret memo criticizing the San Francisco Police Department crime lab, stating that he is "compelled by law" to share the document with defense attorneys.In…
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News, The Snitch Judge Orders District Attorney George Gascón to Release Secret Crime Lab Memo

Judge Orders District Attorney George Gascón to Release Secret Crime Lab Memo

A judge ordered prosecutors to release an internal memo criticizing DNA testing procedures at the San Francisco police crime lab today, an unexpected turn of events that could have serious political and legal ramifications for the SFPD and the office…
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News, The Snitch DNA Lab Memo at Center of Legal Battle in Gruesome 1976 Murder Case

DNA Lab Memo at Center of Legal Battle in Gruesome 1976 Murder Case

An internal memo criticizing DNA analysis procedures at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab has become an issue in prosecutors' efforts to obtain a conviction based on DNA evidence in the rape and murder of a San Francisco woman…
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News, The Snitch City Attorney Says DNA Lab Memo Is Exempt from Public Records Act

City Attorney Says DNA Lab Memo Is Exempt from Public Records Act

We reported Tuesday that City Attorney Dennis Herrera's office, contrary to assertions made at a public debate last week by District Attorney George Gascón, had not provided an opinion as to whether a controversial internal memo on problems at the…
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News, The Snitch City Attorney Contradicts DA George Gascón's Statements on DNA Lab Memo

City Attorney Contradicts DA George Gascón's Statements on DNA Lab Memo

The San Francisco City Attorney's Office yesterday contradicted statements District Attorney George Gascón made last week about why his office has refused to release an internal memo criticizing the DNA unit of the city's troubled police crime lab.The memo, which…
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News, The Snitch DA George Gascón Defends Handling of Crime Lab Memo

DA George Gascón Defends Handling of Crime Lab Memo

District Attorney George Gascón fought back against attacks on his suppression of an internal memo criticizing the San Francisco Police Department Crime Lab's DNA unit at a public forum for DA candidates last night, asserting that his office was prepared…
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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 Prosecutor Apologizes for Handling of Crime Lab DNA Scandal

Prosecutor Apologizes for Handling of Crime Lab DNA Scandal

A prosecutor in the office of District Attorney George Gascón apologized last week to defense lawyers for his failure to turn over potentially exculpatory documents indicating that a mix-up of DNA samples took place at the San Francisco Police Department…
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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 Draft of Forensic Science Reform Bill Released

Draft of Forensic Science Reform Bill Released

The office of U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has released a draft version of legislation to reform the field of forensic science across the country -- an effort that could eventually have an impact on the troubled San Francisco Police…
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