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01-02-13, 11:36 AM #1
Police evidence warehouses destroyed by Hurricane SandyPerched on a narrow crook of land jutting into New York Harbor, the Erie Basin auto pound and evidence warehouse seems a logical place to store hundreds of seized cars, thousands of guns and 9,846 barrels of evidence containing sensitive DNA material.As Hurricane Sandy lashed the city, the surge breached the warehouse’s roll-top doors and hurtled hundreds — perhaps thousands — of its barrels into the wet muck. The storm wreaked similar havoc at another Police Department warehouse by the water, along Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.Now, the damage is having an impact on the courts.In at least six criminal trials in recent weeks, a police official has had to testify that evidence was inaccessible, but still existed, said Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the Police Department.
01-02-13, 02:00 PM #2
Wow, what a headache. I wouldn't want to see every case tossed because of this, but some are gonna have to be. Some, they'll just have to give it a shot & take their licks.Blessed are the the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. MATT 5:10
01-02-13, 02:10 PM #3
While I don't claim to be a genius , it seems to to me that your asking for trouble when you store evidence on a coastline, an island or a pennisula , especially DNA evidence.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
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