More trouble brewing in Detroit with evidence processing?

The Detroit Free Press reports that Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy wants an outside probe of why thousands of “rape kits” that could contain evidence of sexual assaults were found stacked up in a Detroit Police Department evidence storage facility. From The Freep:

In a Sept. 8 letter to Police Chief Warren Evans, Worthy said there may be more than 10,000 so-called rape kits and hundreds of other pieces of evidence warehoused, unanalyzed, in a police “overflow property room.” The situation raises fears that cases could be affected if the evidence is challenged in court, Worthy said.

Police spokesman John Roach said Monday that Evans has an internal investigation under way, and that so far, police have found no mishandling of evidence and no cases that have been tainted. Roach also said the evidence is secure. …

The police crime lab was shut down a year ago because of an extraordinarily high error rate in firearms cases.

William Winters III, president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, said it may be time for federal authorities to look into the lab and the handling of evidence.

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2 thoughts on “More trouble brewing in Detroit with evidence processing?

  1. Ed, love the expanded coverage in your blog. I understand it must be a great deal more work for you. I appreciate your efforts in keeping us informed about all the fun and frolic on the Michigan legal scene.

  2. Pingback: New Detroit crime lab proposed « The Michigan Lawyer

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