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Over Three Dozen Cases Possibly Affected By CDP Crime Lab Error

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Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says at least 38 closed cases could be affected by a DNA-related mistake at the Columbus Police crime lab. O'Brien says one convicted felon has already asked for a new trial based on the mistake. It involves DNA reports for criminal cases that were missing the statistical weight, which shows the probability the DNA belongs to a certain person.  Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs reported the mistake in March and said 3 thousand reports from July 2009 through last October would be reviewed.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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