Special prosecutor sought to probe Nassau crime lab

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

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.

Remaining sections of Nassau crime lab to be shut down

Lawyers to challenge cases after Nassau crime lab closure

Nassau crime lab scandal puts DWI conviction in jeopardyThousands of drug samples from Nassau crime lab to be retested

Nassau DA: Crime lab's results in 6 drug cases may be erroneous

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Community activists in Brentwood are supporting a proposed 1 Sen. Croci proposes crackdown on gang violence
2 SBU lax player on pace to break NCAA scoring record
3 Scholar Athlete: Lissette Palomo
The LGBT Network hosted a conference on bullying 4 LGBT Network hosts anti-bullying conference at SBU
Police say the 10-car crash happened on Route 5 9 injured in multi-vehicle crash in North Amityville

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE