Judge finds military conviction with faulty evidence 'injustice'

A federal judge has said that "injustice" was done to a former Navy officer who was wrongly convicted with the help of a discredited military lab analyst, but he also concluded that the court can't do anything about it. | 07/14/11 06:33:47 By - Michael Doyle and Marisa Taylor

Grassley seeks investigation of military's errant crime lab

The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican is now seeking a broader investigation of the military's chief crime lab, even as Pentagon officials scramble to find out what's gone awry at the crucial facility. | 06/30/11 17:21:51 By - Michael Doyle and Marisa Taylor

Military crime lab manager accused of retaliation

WASHINGTON — When Richard Tontarski Jr. arrived at the military's crime lab in 2007, it was still reeling from revelations of misconduct by two of its own. Tontarski brought with him an impressive resume and reassuring promises of raising the lab's standards. | 06/26/11 06:02:16 By - Marisa Taylor

Beyond missteps, military crime lab roils with discontent

The military's premier crime lab should be a place of sober scientific research, but lately it seems more like the set of a soap opera consumed with scandal and intrigue. | 06/26/11 06:02:16 By - Marisa Taylor

Accused sit in jail as military courts drag feet on appeals

Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Brian W. Foster served nearly a decade in Leavenworth for a crime he didn't commit. Foster is now free and serving his country once more. The military appeals system that failed him, meanwhile, is still trying to right itself. | 06/09/11 17:43:18 By - Michael Doyle

Military crime lab evidence tossed from double murder trial

Work by the military's premier crime lab is being questioned again — this time by the presiding judge in a double murder case. In the latest example of troubled testimony by the lab's analysts, a judge overseeing the trial of Army Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich told jurors to disregard testimony from a fingerprint analyst. | 05/25/11 19:42:33 By - Marisa Taylor

Supreme Court declines to hear case involving Army crime lab

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to scrutinize how a discredited military lab analyst helped convict men like former Navy hospital corpsman Ivor Luke. The court's decision leaves intact Luke's 1999 court martial conviction, secured with the help of U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory analyst Phillip Mills. Mills' own career subsequently collapsed amid revelations that he had falsified a report. | 05/23/11 17:12:07 By - Michael Doyle

More errors surface at military crime lab as Senate seeks inquiry

The military's premier crime lab has botched more of its evidence testing than has been previously known, raising broader questions about the quality of the forensic work relied on to convict soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Now, the Supreme Court could weigh in, while two senators want the Pentagon to open a full-blown investigation. If they start looking, Pentagon officials will find that the crime lab's problems extend beyond one discredited analyst. | 05/15/11 14:45:12 By - Marisa Taylor and Michael Doyle

Discredited Army analyst built his career around crime lab

The career of military lab analyst Phillip Mills started unraveling the day a colleague made a discovery that would rattle military justice. | 03/20/11 09:12:49 By - Michael Doyle and Marisa Taylor

Independent probe of troubled military crime lab sought

A U.S. senator has called for an independent investigation of the military's premier crime lab to ensure that innocent people weren't wrongfully convicted based on work by a discredited analyst. | 03/31/11 16:38:56 By - Marisa Taylor and Michael Doyle

After a decade in military prison, innocent man still wants to serve

Brian Foster is back on the beat, against all odds. Foster, 37, is a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and a military policeman. He may even be a better cop for his ordeal — spending nearly a decade in Leavenworth for a crime he didn't commit. | 06/09/11 17:43:18 By - Michael Doyle

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

A McClatchy investigation reveals that mistakes by an analyst at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, near Atlanta, undermined hundreds of criminal cases brought against military personnel. 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. | 03/20/11 09:12:49 By - Marisa Taylor and Michael Doyle

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