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In his testimony in a Michigan drunk driving case, the crime lab’s chief toxicologist admitted that the lab does not take into account a margin of error when calculating blood-alcohol levels. The results of the case could affect the admissibility of blood alcohol evidence statewide.

The attorney cited the National Academies of Sciences report which states that: “All results for every forensic-science method should indicate the uncertainty in the measurements that are made, and studies must be conducted that enable the estimation of those values.”

Blood-alcohol tests can be affected by several factors, including the handling and storage of the blood or the measuring instruments used, creating room for error in the final results.

Source: Livingston Daily

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