Superstorm Ruined Scads of NYPD Evidence
Thousands of barrels of DNA evidence may be irretrievable
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2013 2:12 AM CST
The drenched warehouses also held thousands of seized guns and cars.   (AP Photo/Ellis Kaplan, Pool)

(Newser) – Superstorm Sandy left the NYPD with a huge headache by swamping a pair of warehouses holding huge amounts of evidence. The storm surge breached the warehouses and sent some of the thousands of barrels containing DNA evidence into the muck, possibly contaminating some and creating a mess that has made evidence currently irretrievable for many cases due to come to court, the New York Times reports.

In at least six recent trials, police have had to testify that their evidence is currently inaccessible. "The government may well be fashioning plea deals based upon the lack of underlying evidence," the chief lawyer for the Legal Aid Society says. "We can ask if it’s there, but they don’t have to tell." The storm may have been a lucky break for some criminals, but lawyers for the Innocence Project fear that DNA evidence that could exonerate the wrongfully imprisoned may have been lost forever.

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apocalypso
Jan 3, 2013 1:36 AM CST
How convenient.
Marelicia
Jan 2, 2013 7:17 PM CST
"....but lawyers for the Innocence Project fear that DNA evidence that could exonerate the wrongfully imprisoned may have been lost forever." This is my biggest concern. A wrongfully convicted person about to be release after 25 years, learns that the DNA evidence that may have exonerated him is now lost forever due to Hurricane Sandy. You can't make this stuff up. New York had been on notice about the possibility of being under water for no less than 3 decades, and officials there did absolutely nothing.
JMullins
Jan 2, 2013 11:04 AM CST
So for the next twenty years the NYPD will not have willfully misused the evidence. Instead the will claim "Sandy did it".