A central Indiana coroner swept into office after her predecessor arrived intoxicated at the scene of a death investigation faces legal problems of her own after allegedly stealing two toy trucks from a Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving Day.
Hancock County coroner arrested on theft charge.
All over the U.S., as we know from stories about the rape kit backlog. But backlogs aren't only in DNA processing, and affect us in countless ways. Here is a sampling of stories reported since November 1, 2013:
In North Carolina, they are making roads more dangerous. One lab does all the blood-alcohol analysis for the state. "I think the last time they looked at it there were 13,000 cases statewide that were in the lab in some stage of the process," said local MADD Representative Ellen Pitt.
A probe into the theft of prepaid funeral expenses at two Trumbull County funeral homes has resulted in the arrests of three people and 49 felony charges.
Robert McDermott of McDermott Funeral Home in Niles and Robert and Patrick McClurkin of McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard were arraigned Monday morning in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on felony charges surrounding the misappropriation of funds obtained from prepaid funeral plans and other charges.
The three men turned themselves in to authorities on Monday after a Trumbull County grand jury handed down secret indictments last week implicating the trio.
49 felony charges in funeral home case.
This just goes to show no one is safe even in death
Following the release of more than 300 inmates, Annie Dookhan, a Massachusetts state chemist who used to “process” drug samples almost three times as quickly as her colleagues, pled guilty Friday to fabricating her results. Police estimate her fraud possibly tainted as many as 40,000 prosecutions that she was involved in.
Three Hundred Inmates Released Thanks to Chemist Who Faked Evidence.
I can't tell what part of this video is my favorite -- it's somewhere between how adorable the guy is, how happy everyone is about hearing the song, or how into the dance moves some of the drivers get. Even though, knowing myself, I would probably just scowl at him as I rolled up my window (I don't do well in traffic), I am happy there are some drivers out there who are in a good enough mood to make for an amazing impromptu sing-a-long.
Dookhan’s mishandling of evidence at the now-closed Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Boston, where she worked from 2002 to 2011, may have tainted cases involving as many as 40,000 people, investigators have said.
Mass. crime lab chemist sentenced to 3-5 years for tampering | Reuters.
She gets 3-5 years and we should have faith in the justice system? When is all the crazy going to stop? When will accountability mean something? We have totally innocent people sitting in prisons across the globe for years and years , yet here no accountability for people like this? just so sad, I am beginning to understand why so many people have given up on the fight for justice, justice has been lost. smh