DA's Office Belatedly Mails Memo Criticizing Crime Lab to Defense Lawyers

Questions About Secrecy Surrounding Document Persist

The San Francisco District Attorney's Office has quietly begun supplying criminal defense lawyers with an internal memo that criticizes the work of the San Francisco Police Department Crime lab's DNA Unit.

The memo is the same one that officials in the DA's office previously claimed did not exist, and whose origins critics say the office is continuing to misrepresent.

It was written by Rockne Harmon, a veteran prosecutor and former consultant to the DA's office that Attorney General Kamala Harris once called “the guru of DNA evidence in the state.”

Harmon concluded in the document that Cherisse Boland, head of the crime lab's DNA section, had written a “misleading” report implicating two suspects in a murder. Both defendants were later acquitted.

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