new internal investigation underwayat HPD's Crime Lab. It all came to light after an employee we're not identifying abruptly resigned in mid-March.
That investigation examines whether the employee - a criminalist for two years - did not follow procedures. Our sources tell us it's how the former worker handled evidence in criminal cases assigned to the division. ...
FOX 26 Legal Analyst Chris Tritico says he believes the crime lab worker's actions have the potential to harm cases that are currently in the hands of the D.A.'s office.
Tritico says, "they have to notify defense attorneys and every defendant that's been affected by this person's work."
A spokesperson for HPD confirms the internal probe but declined to go into any detail about how many cases if any could be affected by the former crime lab employee.
We've obtained an internal memo written by HPD's Crime Lab Director IrmaRios.
It's the notification of the former employee's resignation from the crime lab. In that memo Rios says quote - I would not recommend the worker be rehired.