HOUSTON (AP) - A state lawmaker from Houston says local authorities should accept a recommendation to appoint a "special master" to review hundreds of criminal cases believed to be tainted by problems in the police crime lab.
Houston Mayor Bill White, Police Chief Harold Hurtt and Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal have said they don't see a need for the independent monitor called for in a report issued this week.
But Democratic state Representative Kevin Bailey says he'll work with fellow lawmakers to pressure the city into hiring such a monitor.
The recommendation for a monitor was part of a final report by Michael Bromwich, a former U.S. Justice Department inspector. He was appointed two years ago to oversee an independent investigation of the lab.
The report commends recent upgrades to the lab but also cites hundreds of "serious and pervasive" flaws in forensic cases mishandled by the lab's DNA and serology sections.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.