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Monday, May 09, 2005

Virginia crime lab forced to review 150 DNA cases

A Virginia crime lab is forced to review 150 cases involving forensic evidence because of botched DNA testing in the case of a death row rapist Earl Washington Jr., which resulted in a pardon, reports the New York Times.

The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors found that the lab workers felt political pressure from former governor, Jim Gilmore, to produce quick and conclusive results.

Virginia will also be forced to re-examine DNA evidence in nearly two dozen of its other death row cases. Virginia currently has the second highest number of inmates on death row at 94, lagging just behind Texas.

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