State Police DNA testing under scrutiny – Times Union

By Brendan J. Lyons

ALBANY — The New York State Police crime lab is analyzing DNA evidence using controversial techniques that have been characterized as junk science and led to shakeups at other labs around the country. A Times Union examination of records documenting the practices of the State Police’s Forensic Investigations Center also found the lab may be manipulating DNA analysis to match samples to known suspects in crimes, and that a national accreditation organization removed details of that allegation from an audit that was released in February.