TV News LIES

Wednesday, Sep 20th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Military Army slow to act as crime-lab worker falsified, botched tests

Army slow to act as crime-lab worker falsified, botched tests

E-mail Print PDF

Attorney John B. Wells For nearly three years, the military held the key to Roger House's exoneration and didn't tell him: A forensics examiner had botched a crucial lab test used in the Navy lieutenant's court-martial. In fact, the military had begun second-guessing a decade's worth of tests conducted by its one-time star lab analyst, Phillip Mills.

Investigators discovered that Mills had cut corners and even falsified reports in one case. He found DNA where it didn't exist, and failed to find it where it did. His mistakes may have let the guilty go free while the innocent, such as House, were convicted.

"It cost him his family and it cost him his Navy career," House's attorney, John Wells, said in an interview. "It's certainly outrageous and unconscionable; it's the kind of action that makes you want to scream."

But the problem was bigger than just a lone analyst.  While a McClatchy investigation revealed that Mills' mistakes undermined hundreds of criminal cases brought against military personnel, it also found that the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, near Atlanta, was lax in supervising Mills, slow to re-examine his work and slipshod about informing defendants. Officials appeared intent on containing the scandal that threatened to discredit the military's most important forensics facility, which handles more than 3,000 criminal cases a year.

The military has never publicly acknowledged the extent of Mills' mistakes nor the lab's culpability. McClatchy pieced together the untold story by conducting dozens of interviews and reviewing internal investigations, transcripts and other documents.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Special ops soldiers injured in Fort Bragg training

Fort Bragg - Special Ops soldiers injured during training A number of special operations soldiers were injured during training at Fort Bragg, N.C., according to...

US apologises for 'offensive' leaflets in Parwan

US apologizes for offensive leaflets dropped on ParwanA senior US commander has apologised after a series of controversial leaflets were dropped in Afghanistan.The...

15 Marines injured during training at Camp Pendleton

15 marines injured at Camp Pendeleton A fire during an amphibious assault vehicle training session left 15 Marines injured on Camp...

F-16 aircraft crashes in Arizona, killing pilot

F-16 crashes in ArizonaThe pilot of an F-16 Fighting Falcon was killed after crashing just 20 miles southwest of...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!