This whole situation highlights the major problem that the state refuses to address as it relates to crime labs. And while the HPD lab has been the big headline-grabber for the last couple years, there have also been numerous problems reported at Department of Public Safety labs across the state, so this is not simply a Houston issue. This year, the legislature created some sort of Forensic Science Commission that is supposed to oversee all crime labs in the state. It sounds great, but I'm reserving judgment until I see what they actually accomplish. In the meantime, back to what I see as the major problem. Crime labs should not be a branch of law enforcement! They should not be a part of the police department. They should not be a part of DPS. This isn't like CSI where the crime lab folks are running around interviewing suspects and other nonsense. These people are supposed to be objective scientists. And when they work for the police department, that is a hell of a lot harder. In Oklahoma City, forensice "scientist" Joyce Gilchrist of the Oklahoma City PD crime lab was named "Police Officer of the Year" because of her oustanding work in putting people away. Of course, she was a complete fraud and lying through her teeth the whole time. I'm not sure about this, but I'm guessing that if she had truthfully reported scientifically accurate results that repeatedly did not implicate the police's suspect, she wouldn't have been singled out for that award.