LAWYERS are using a landmark police courier system – praised for helping fix the state’s DNA backlog crisis – to argue for evidence to be thrown out of criminal trials.

Lawyers are arguing that lax record keeping from the time DNA samples leave police stations to when they arrive at the lab is rendering them unusable as evidence in criminal trials. They are telling magistrates that poor record keeping means there is no way to prove the evidence hasn’t been damaged in transit.

Red more: Sunday Telegraph, September 9 2012

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