For anyone reading who doesn't already know the name Craig Rosenstein, you will very soon. The highly credited group, Super Lawyers, has just selected our very own Craig for their 2014 Rising Stars List.
The Arizona Republic reported over the weekend that the Scottsdale Crime lab is in trouble. As a DUI Lawyer who practices in Scottsdale, I have been screaming this for years. The Republic's piece focused on the Maricopa County Superior Court hearings regarding the admissibility of the blood test results that are coming out of the Scottsdale Lab. In essence, a Superior Court Judge in a felony DUI case is hearing arguments as to whether the lab work in the Scottsdale Crime Lab is so unreliable that the results should be precluded from being brought up in trial, and hence will never be heard by a jury. Despite the fact that whatever ruling that is ultimately handed down by the Superior Court Judge is not technically binding on the Scottsdale City Court Judges (where 95% of all DUI cases are heard), this ruling should shake some things up in the City Court.
As a DUI defense attorney, I have been in many crime labs, and I've yet to see one that looks anything like those portrayed on TV. Unlike 'CSI', the local crime lab is not 40,000 square feet separated by glass walls. Frankly, it would be bad science to build labs that way.
In a word, YES.