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DNA testing carries an aura of perfection, but numerous factors in how the testing is carried out can skew the apparently unassailable results. A Maine criminal defense attorney believes a history of documented contamination at the State Police Crime Lab along with a lack of independent oversight, and a working relationship with prosecutors may be skewing the findings in favor of the state, at the expense of innocent convicts. Contributing reporter Jordan Andrews details the attorney’s quest for internal documents that could shed light on the question.
Also this week, contributor Patrisha McLean follows the lenient sentencing of a serial domestic abuser. Michael G. Roskin reviews a new book by Trump impeachment witness Fiona Hill, who makes connections between the loss of industry and the rise of Trumpism; Garden columnist Georgeanne Davis files a report from sunny Florida and offers some tips for canned tuna; and more.