Defense Lawyers Get DNA Lab Documents; Prosecutors Fighting to Keep Them Under Seal

Attorneys in the Public Defender's office have obtained a portion of a memo critical of the DNA section of the San Francisco Police Department crime lab, and say they plan to use the document as evidence in a high-profile murder case.

Deputy Public Defender Mark Jacobs said today that part of the memo, as well as a transcript of the memo's author describing its significance in a closed-door hearing with Superior Court Judge Charles Haines, was released under a protective order that prevents him from sharing it with reporters or the public.

At present, that protective order is scheduled to be lifted on Nov. 28, Jacobs said. Haines was going to make the documents public today, but prosecutors successfully argued for more time to draft a motion arguing why they should be kept under seal.

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