DA Candidates Call for Release of Secret Crime Lab Memo, Citing SF Weekly Cover Story

Contenders in this year's election for San Francisco District Attorney have called on current DA George Gascón to release an internal memo that criticizes procedures for analyzing DNA evidence at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Laboratory.

The memo, the existence of which was first revealed by SF Weekly, was authored by Rockne Harmon, a veteran Alameda County prosecutor and nationally esteemed expert on DNA evidence. In 2010, Harmon, who was working as a consultant for the San Francisco DA's office, criticized the work of forensics analyst Cherisse Boland and concluded she had produced a “misleading” report on DNA evidence in a homicide case.

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