Travis County ap­proves pact on DNA lab re­vamp

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the DNA lab’s prob­lems), but I am not at all dis­ap­pointed by the re­sults,” Judge Sarah Eck­hardt said at the Com­mis­sion­ers Court’s meet­ing Tues­day. “There re­ally has been a won­der­ful level of col­lab­o­ra­tion, and I do be­lieve that this is the most cost-ef­fec­tive, ef­fi­cient, fair way to un­ravel this Gor­dian knot.”

Travis County com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved agree­ments that will split costs on hir­ing con­sul­tants to study the prob­lems with the Austin Po­lice Depart­ment’s DNA lab as well as au­tho­rize the Cap­i­tal Area Pri­vate De­fend­ers Ser­vice to be­gin an­a­lyz­ing 1,600 cases and con­tact­ing peo­ple whose con­vic­tions might have been af­fected by faulty prac­tices at the lab.

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