More Snafus at Houston Lab
In an affidavit, the independent forensic scientists question whether additional cases handled by Bolding and chemist Christi Kim, who also testified at the Rodriguez trial, might also have been tainted. "It is reasonable to assume that [Bolding and Kim] issued many other reports and/or gave testimony in many other cases during their tenure," the affidavit reads, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. "A serious danger exists that they may have offered similarly false and scientifically unsound testimony/reports in these other cases."
Bolding resigned from the lab in 2003, reportedly to avoid being fired during the scandal that shut the lab's doors in late 2002 after a state audit found problems with evidence handling and the misinterpretation of data. That scandal led to the eventual release of Josiah Sutton, who spent four years in prison for a rape he did not commit; further retesting in the wake of that first scandal has raised concerns in about 40 additional cases. The independent scientists weighing in on the Rodriguez case have suggested the lab conduct a thorough independent audit. Observers have also called for Harris Co. District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal and his office to recuse themselves from investigations of the crime lab whose findings have helped Harris Co. prosecutors send hundreds of defendants to prison.