MINEOLA - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has requested the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate possible wrongdoing at the county's now-closed crime lab.

Rice says she will ask for court approval to appoint Eric Dinallo, a former Manhattan assistant district attorney, to lead a team in investigating what went wrong in the lab and why.

The district attorney says she has chosen Dinallo, who has no connection to the county, in part to avoid any appearance of bias or a conflict of interest.

"What the public will end up with is a full and fair review that is not biased by any interest," Rice says.

The move comes four days after the lab was shut down following revelations that police supervisors may have been aware since September that errors were occurring with drug testing at the lab.

"Right now, the public's faith has been shaken and rightfully so," Rice said during a press conference today.

Marc Gann, president of the Nassau County Bar Association, also announced today the formation of a crime lab task force that will focus on procedure and policies, and recommend ways to reinstate the lab's credibility.

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