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Cops Caught Forcing Scientists to Falsify DNA Tests To Get More Prosecutions — Now They’re Furious

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New York, NY – A group of scientists who worked at a crime lab for the New York State police are now suing the department, claiming that the agency encouraged them to overlook false test results so they could get more prosecutions. The three scientists who filed the lawsuit said that they attempted to correct some of the errors that were taking place in the crime lab, and they were silenced and retaliated against because the errors were working out in the department’s favor, and ensuring them more prosecutions.

Scientists Shannon Morris, Melissa Lee and Kevin Rafferty are seeking monetary damages in the lawsuit, but it has not been revealed how much. The group says that they wanted to implement the computerized DNA analysis system called TrueAllele in their crime lab, to ensure that the results of their tests were correct. The crime lab was working with the program for a short period of time before it was ultimately canceled by the department. However, the state police rejected the suggestion and they began to put more pressure on the scientists to secure convictions.

According to lawyer John Bailey, who will be representing the scientists, the crime lab in question had a culture of corruption.


“There are people that are very pro-prosecution. They were putting pressure on scientists to reach conclusions that were not scientifically valid. That’s what my clients were objecting to,” Bailey said.

All three of the scientists are now facing disciplinary proceedings at work for speaking out against the “pro-prosecution” culture at the lab, and one of the scientists, Shannon Morris has already been fired. Each of the researchers have worked with the state police for over 20 years and have not had any disciplinary issues until now.

As expected, State Police spokeswoman Kristin Lowman has denied the allegations and said that they canceled the program due to an investigation, but that they are not opposed to it.

“The program was not progressing because of the internal investigation. The State Police is committed to the technology and is seeking a new request for proposals to move forward. We were audited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation on all aspects of our forensic biology (DNA) operation and are in full compliance with all of our accrediting and oversight body requirements,” Lowman said.

In a similar but totally unrelated case in New York City this week, a doctor has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was forced out of her job at the medical examiner’s office because she spoke out about how the city was using a disputed method of analyzing DNA to gather evidence.

According to CBS, Dr. Marina Stajic was working for the medical examiner until she was confronted and she could either retire or be fired from her job as a laboratory director. This all came after she questioned the use of the DNA profiling technique known as low copy number, which critics have argued is unreliable and should not be used in court.

In the lawsuit from that case, Stajic says that her superiors were ‚Äúdispleased that [she] appeared to be aligned with the criminal defense lawyers on the commission.”

In both of these labs, there was obviously a culture of corruption where doctors and scientists were forced to go against their values and against their own research and professional opinions, for the sake of securing convictions.

Both lawsuits have yet to be taken to court.


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  • Anonymous

    You know that expression, “Crime doesn’t pay” ?
    Bullshit, crime does pay.

    Just look around… honest people are going to jail due to bad cops and coward prosecutors.

    Good people are losing their jobs and being penalized for doing
    the right thing.

    Its sickening.

    • paschnn1

      And “For-profit” prisons the stocks o which are traded on the exchange. This is a sewer nation NEVER as good as we were told MUCH worse than we think. Soon, we will experience a “Bolshevik slaughter” which will dwarf Jacob Schiff/Kuhn Loeb bank’s genocide of 60,000,000 Russian Christian/Muslim people.

  • Thomas Wiklanski

    Ever notice that police unions are “fraternal”? This should tell you something. The “thin-blue-line” is a gang, little different than street gangs–at least when it comes to “covering-up” questionable behavior by police.
    In today’s day and age, “officer safety” trumps de-escalation of force. This, in part, is due to the militarization of the police along with training in Israeli police tactics. This becomes a problem, with the “us vs. them” attitude that is fosters, along with the fact that Israel is a very different place, being on a constant “war footing”, and by necessity, its police tactics are very different.
    There are too many instances of police being “given a pass”, even when incontrovertible video and audio evidence is presented. Grand juries, guided by police-friendly prosecutors, quite often refuse to charge those police officers who abuse their authority.
    Police officers, who want to do the right thing, are quite often marginalized and put into harms way, by their own brethren…When a police officer is beating on someone that is already restrained while yelling, “stop resisting” THAT is but one reason police have a “bad name” in many instances…
    Here are changes that can help reduce the police-induced violence:
    1. Eliminate both “absolute” and “qualified” immunity for all public officials. The threat of being sued personally would encourage them to behave themselves.
    2. Any public funds disbursed to citizens as a result of police misconduct should come out of their pension funds–NOT from the taxpayers.
    3. Regular drug-testing of police officers as well as incident-based drug testing should take place whenever an officer is involved in a violent situation with a citizen–no exceptions.
    4. Testing for steroid use should be a part of the drug testing program. You know damn well, many police officers “bulk up” with the “help” of steroids. Steroids also affect users mentally as well, making them more aggressive. The potential for abuse of citizens increases greatly with steroid use.
    5. Internal affairs should only be used for disagreements between individual officers–NOT for investigations involving citizen abuse. State-level investigations should be mandatory for all suspected abuses involving citizens.
    6. Prosecutors should be charged with malfeasance IF any evidence implicating police officer misconduct is not presented to the grand jury.
    7. A national or state-by-state database of abusive individuals who should NEVER be allowed to perform police work should be established–a “blacklist” of abusive (former) police officers.
    8. Get rid of police unions. Police unions (fraternities) protect the guilty, and are responsible for the massive whitewashing of questionable police behavior that is presently being committed.
    9. Most people are unaware that police have special “rules” that prohibit them from being questioned for 48 hours. This allows them to “get their stories straight” and makes it easier to “cover up” bad police behavior. Police must be subject to the same laws as civilians.
    10. All police should be required to wear bodycams and utilize dashcams that cannot be turned off. Any police officers who causes a dash or body cam to be turned off should be summarily fired–no excuses. Today’s body and dash cams are reliable enough to withstand harsh treatment. Body and dashcam footage should be uploaded to a public channel “on the cloud” for public perusal.
    11. All interrogations must be video and audio recorded. Police should be prohibited from lying or fabricating stories in order to get suspects to confess. False confessions ARE a problem in many departments. Unknown to most people, police can lie with impunity while civilians can be charged with lying to police…fair? I think not…
    12. Any legislation passed that restricts the rights of ordinary citizens, such as firearms magazine capacity limits, types of weapons allowed, or restrictive concealed-carry laws should apply equally to police. No special exemptions to be given to police. Laws must be equally applied.
    Police work is not inherently dangerous…there are many other professions that are much more dangerous.
    A little “Andy Taylor” could go a long way in allaying fears that citizens have of police.
    That being said, I have no problem with police officers who do their job in a fair, conscientious manner…however, it is time to call to task those police officers who only “protect and serve” themselves

  • Gordon Klock

    It seems like the entire legal system is unfairly tilted in the favor of the prosecution, along with a private prison system that requires by contract, to fill the pre-built cells, majority of cops that are both cruel & stupid, & we have a recipe for a new slave state…..
    (I’ll admit those nasty Zionists are clever…)

  • Diana Gonzalez

    Fire the entire force cause you dont know which ones are good and which are bad and replace them with good cops…lol did I just say this…sounded like a good idea when i was thinking it..but sounds impossible

  • jamesawyatt

    SORELY NEED IS A CONFEDERATION OF THE VERY BEST PLAINTIFF ATTORNEYS THROUGH OUT THE NATION, THAT WILL – WILLINGLY AND IMMEDIATELY – FILE SUIT ON THE USUAL CONTINGENCY FEE BASIC FOR THE ORDINARY CIVIL SUITS, THAT IN BEHALF OF THESE VICTIMS OF GOON POLICE GONE WILD BRUTALITY; THESE PROPOSED SUITS MUCH LIKE THE CLASS-ACTIONS FILED IN THE PAST AGAINST ABUSERS; FINANCIAL PENALTIES APPARENTLY THE ONLY PUNISHMENT THAT THESE ROGUE COPS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS CAN REALLY UNDERSTAND; THOSE SUITS SHOULD BE DIRECTED INITIALLY AGAINS THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE INVOLVED OR WHO WERE PRESENT AND DID NOT INTERVENE . . . . AND ONLY THEN BRING A SEPARATE SUIT EXCLUSIVELY AGAINST THEIR INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYERS; I.E. THE CITY, COUNTY, STATE; WHERE EVER THE HIRING AND CONTROL REST

    • Fernesque Golan

      What should one do knowing the courts are also corrupted? If you want to see how deep the corruption goes just look into the mortgage/foreclosure crisis. Starting with the banks, right down to local judges, all are in on the scam. Americans do not realize the depth of the corruption in this country. It is beyond repair and only works if you have a lot of money.

      • John Anderson

        My wife and are dealing with corruption in every level of the local government in our county. It makes me sick to think this has been going on here for decades. From murder, extortion, falsifying police reports, rape prostitution child porn human trafficing child rape manufacturing meth, distribution of heroin just in all out corrupt attack on our children ourselves our bank accounts just to line their pockets and get as many convictions as possible so that the feds will give them more money. One of our young church members was lured in and ended up on major drugs and now that they used this poor kid up he is now facing a life sentence at 19yrs old. And countless others as well. I’m so fed up with this BS. and finally the citizens are taking action against the judges cops DA public defenders probation and any other public figure that had knowledge of this corruption, because if they knew about it and said nothing they are just as guilty…Justice and truth will prevail!!!

  • Cam Alft

    this is not the first time something like this has come to the surface!cops have been doing shit like this since the start of the DNA tests………i remember hearing about how some bitch was getting child support from two guys because they couldn’y correctly determine who was the real father…so they made both of them pay!im guessing DNA isn’t as perfect a form as they say!but getting the right results are the problem,then they need to find the right way and fast,this could mean that a lot of people,innocent people are behind bars because of corrupt cops and their criminal enterprise!
    cops are criminals with a badge!

  • Matt Billips

    Donald Mikko is suing the City of Atlanta and the Fulton County DA for firing him because –on his approved side job — he worked for a defense lawyer in Florida. Same reason: He was testifying for a defendant. Brian Reid won a case against the City of Atlanta, when he was demoted and suspended for testifying for his brother-in-law in a bond hearing in federal court. This problem is everywhere in the mindset of the prosecution.

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