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 The Travis County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed thousands of cases that may have been impacted by compromised evidence at APD’s now-closed DNA lab. Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore’s staff have already flagged some of these cases that may present problems, and submitted them to a forensic expert at the University of North Texas for review.

“In a way it’s kind of a shame that one or two or a few cases, or one analyst could cause as big of a problem as it is, but on the other hand it’s probably good for us as a community to take a hard look at things,” Moore said.

She explained that the examination of practices at the crime lab started when a national push to strengthen evidence data collection uncovered a contamination issue on a Travis County rape case.

“It wasn’t so much that they thought all of these cases got contaminated at all, it was that the process in place did not identify that as a problem and address it in house, it was discovered by the DA’s office in a particular case,” Moore explained.

Her office is going through the time-intensive process looking over cases along with defense lawyers to see which could be impacted by DNA evidence.

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