New tests ordered for Nassau Crime Lab evidence

March 10, 2011 3:21:39 PM PST
The Nassau County District Attorney is ordering retesting from evidence tested at the Nassau County Crime Lab.

Nicolas Bonilla comforts his wife Edita who cries every time she thinks of the car crash 2 years ago that changed their lives forever. Both were injured and traumatized by the fact that their two young daughters were in the back seat.

The driver was convicted of aggravated vehicular assault but just last week a judge ordered a new trial because of potentially tainted evidence. Despite the fact that at the time records showed Anrino had been discharged from rehab, she was speeding, and her blood alcohol level was 3 times the legal limit.

Attorney Brian Griffin challenged the verdict against her after accusations that police compromised evidence by failing to follow standard procedures at the Nassau County crime lab.

"Public trust has been shaken and rightly so," said DA Kathleen Rice.

Today, Rice announced new plans to retest all felony drug evidence collected over the last three years.

As many as 3,000 cases and tech reviews of about 1,000 blood alcohol cases calling this a crisis situation.

The Bonilla's a are being victimized once again, perhaps having to relive and testify in yet another trial.

The DA said today she doesn't want taxpayers to foot the bill for the retesting police forfeiture bureau should pay.

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