Thus far, our investigation has identified a total of 43 DNA cases and 50 serology cases analyzed by the Crime Lab that we have determined to have major issues, which we have defined to mean problems that raise significant doubt as to the reliability of the work performed, the validity of the analytical results, or the correctness of the analysts’ conclusions. Many of the problems we have observed in the serology cases infected the Crime Lab’s DNA profiling operations.As I've argued before, in modern forensic science it frequently seems like accuracy is optional. To make matters worse, politicians aren't looking at the real solutions, just more money for more of the same. The best fix for faulty state crime labs is to pay for indigent defendants to hire independent experts. It doesn't sound that radical: Using the adversarial system's checks and balances to protect defendants from being falsely convicted. But because it would be expensive, it's far outside the terms of debate as far as what the Governor and the Legislature are considering.
To me that's no excuse. If lawmakers choose to preside over a state where one in twenty Texans is in prison, on probation or on parole, they must pay what it takes to procedurally ensure fairness for each of them.
For more information, see previous reports and other information involving the investigation at this official website.