Calls in Houston for Major Crime Lab Review

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HOUSTON -- Some Houston leaders Wednesday rejected a call for a special master to review cases believed tainted by the police department's formerly disgraced crime lab.

The recommendation is in a report from Michael Bromwich. The former Justice Department inspector was appointed two years ago to oversee an independent investigation of the crime lab.

The report commends Houston's efforts to rebuild the crime lab, but cites "serious and pervasive" flaws in some forensic cases. Bromwich suggests a special master review 180 blood-analysis
cases from the 1980s and 1990s involving convicts now in prison.

But Mayor Bill White, Police Chief Harold Hurtt and Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal say there's no need for a special master.

They say such reviews should be done by police, the DA's office and the courts. White says no formal action will be taken on the recommendation.