Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory Falls Under Scrutiny

Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory Falls Under Scrutiny

Given my background in the sciences (bachelors of science from a research university *cough* bragging *cough*), I like to think of laboratories and the science community in general as composed by those who uphold themselves to a high standard of objectivity. You know, sticking to the facts. 

Studies that give results making for easy click-bait and general outlandishness are easy to call out for what they are. "Is it a peer-reviewed publication?" is a good place to start. But what do you do if the lab is working for an agency? Who is reviewing them?

It is a good thing to question lab results, whether that be the consistency in products or the potency in the testing of an edible. It is important that consumers are safe and know what they are getting. It is also important for the forensics units that work with law enforcement agencies to produce accurate results — otherwise, individuals would have to go through the process of getting exonerated after spending time in death row.

Thankfully, while crimes for marijuana are not likely to get you killed, a state-funded laboratory that colludes with law enforcement is no joke as far as criminal justice is concerned. That is the case in Michigan, where a formal complaint has been filed with the Director of the National Institute of Justice in Washington D.C. regarding "Allegations of Serious Negligence or Misconduct in the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division..."

In addition, Michael Kormon of Kormon Law and Michael Nichols of Nichols Law Firm filed a press release citing that the Prosecuting Attorneys Association (PAAM) of Michigan allowed the crime lab's reporting to elevate crimes from a misdemeanor to felony:

"PAAM is interfering with the reporting of scientific results, revealing a co-dependence between the Association and the Crime Lab that is antithetical to independent and objective forensic reporting.”

Thankfully, Kormon has been documenting the case and has been providing this oversight for the State Police Crime Lab since the organization in place to do so is they themselves. Here is to their effort in untangling the web developed by police, lab, and prosecutor against defendants.