FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A new Broward County Medical Examiner is looking to see whether bad blood tests may have affected the outcome of thousands of court cases.
New Broward medical examiner Dr. Craig Mallak, who was appointed back in April and replaced 17-year veteran Dr. Joshua Perper, notified the Broward State Attorney and other county officials via a letter on Tuesday, telling them the method they had been using for years to test blood for drugs had not been previously validated.
When all the cases are reviewed, it will be up to the state attorney and public defender Howard Finkelstein to decide what to do with the information. "If it's not accurate, that could throw into question convictions of DUI where the person was driving under the influence of drugs, DUI manslaughter and even murder cases," said Finkelstein. "The really sad part here is if we have inaccurate results, there could be people who are absolutely innocent sitting in prison as a direct result..."
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