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Errors possible in other LAPD cases

January 15, 2009 7:42:49 AM PST
Officials said LAPD fingerprinting errors may be linked to nearly 1,000 cases that now need to be reexamined in a process that could take about three months.The problems within the LAPD fingerprinting department may be much bigger than originally thought, and the process to reexamine the cases may take about three months.

The first problems came about in the fall when two people were implicated in cases they knew nothing about because of analysts' mistakes. The charges were eventually dropped, but now the LAPD said they have to look at other cases for mistakes.

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office pointed out that in many of these cases, additional evidence was presented at trial other than fingerprints, and many of the defendants plead guilty.

However, the department will still look for mistakes.

One fingerprint analyst has been fired, and several more have been suspended. There are supervisors that have also been reassigned.


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