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Friday, January 07, 2005

Can labs be trusted?


Jimmy Ray Bromgard

Check out CNN this Sunday for a documentary on misconduct and mistakes at crime labs that have led to wrongful convictions. The program includes a report on the Houston crime lab and the story of Jimmy Ray Bromgard, who was convicted of raping an eight-year-old girl and spent 15 years in a Montana prison. A forensic expert testified at trial that hair found at the scene matched Bromgard, but DNA testing proved the hair didn't belong to him.

"Reasonable doubt: Can crime labs be trusted?" airs Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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