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An undated file photo from the forensic evidence (Credit: NCPD)

An undated file photo from the forensic evidence lab at Police Department headquarters in Mineola.

Nassau crime lab woes

The Nassau crime lab was ordered closed indefinitely Feb. 18 and an investigation is being launched to find out who knew about flaws in testing and when they knew it.

New York State Inspector General Ellen N. Biben
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New York State Inspector General Ellen N. Biben will change jobs to become executive director of New York State's new Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice with Nassau County
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Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announce the closing of the county crime lab. (Feb. 18, 2011)

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice with Nassau County
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Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announce the closing of the county crime lab. (Feb. 18, 2011)

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Former lab director Det. Lt. James Granelle awaits
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Former lab director Det. Lt. James Granelle awaits his appearance in court in a DWI vehicular assault case. (Feb. 17, 2011)

Former lab director Det. Lt. James Granelle awaits
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Former lab director Det. Lt. James Granelle awaits his appearance in court in a DWI vehicular assault case. (Feb. 17, 2011)

Attorney Steven Barnwell comments outside Part 9 at
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Attorney Steven Barnwell comments outside Part 9 at the Nassau County Court about the mishaps of the crime lab and his clients. (Feb. 15, 2011)

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice comments about
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Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice comments about the mishaps of the crime lab at a news conference in Mineola. (Feb. 15, 2011)

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice comments about
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Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice comments about the mishaps of the crime lab at a news conference in Mineola. (Feb. 15, 2011)

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Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice
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Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice

A panel consisting of Al Teichman, of the
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A panel consisting of Al Teichman, of the Nassau DA office, Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, Nassau Police Chief Paul Clark, and Dt. Sgt. Charles Conti is questioned by the Public Safety committee of the Nassau Legislature regarding the probation of the crime lab. (Dec. 15, 2010)

A file photo of Nassau County Executive Edward
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

A file photo of Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announcing that the medical examiner office, headed by Dr. Pasquale Buffolino, right, will manage and oversee the crime lab. (Dec. 14, 2010)

Nassau Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey speaks about the
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey speaks about the Nassau Crime Lab in Mineola. (Dec. 22, 2010)

Nassau Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey speaks about the
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey speaks about the Nassau Crime Lab in Mineola. (Dec. 22, 2010)

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Nassau Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey is questioned by
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Nassau Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey is questioned by the legislature about the troubled Nassau Police Crime Lab. (Dec. 15, 2010)

A panel consisting of Al Teichman, of the
(Credit: Photo by Howard Schnapp)

A panel consisting of Al Teichman, of the Nassau DA office, Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, Nassau Police Chief Paul Clark, and Dt. Sgt. Charles Conti is questioned by the Public Safety committee of the Nassau Legislature reguarding the probation of the crime lab. (Dec. 15, 2010)

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey is questioned
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey is questioned by the Public Safety committee of the Nassau Legislature regarding the probation of the crime lab in Mineola. (Dec. 15, 2010)

Legis. Peter J. Schmitt of Massapequa, the Republican
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Legis. Peter J. Schmitt of Massapequa, the Republican presiding officer of the legislature, is "somewhat unhappy," according to an aide, about county officials' refusal to testify at a Budget Review Committee hearing on Nassau County's budget. (Dec. 15, 2010)

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey is questioned
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Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey is questioned by the Public Safety committee of the Nassau Legislature regarding the probation of the crime lab in Mineola. (Dec. 15, 2010)

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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announces the medical
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announces the medical examiner office, headed by Dr. Pasquale Buffalino, right, will manage and oversee the crime lab. (Dec. 14, 2010)

An undated file photo from the forensic evidence
(Credit: NCPD)

An undated file photo from the forensic evidence lab at Police Department headquarters in Mineola.

An undated file photo from the forensic evidence
(Credit: NCPD)

An undated file photo from the forensic evidence lab at Police Department headquarters in Mineola.

An undated file photo from the forensic evidence
(Credit: NCPD)

An undated file photo from the forensic evidence lab at Police Department headquarters in Mineola.

A file photo of the Nassau County police
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A file photo of the Nassau County police crime lab in Mineola.

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A file photo of the members of the
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A file photo of the members of the the New York State Commission on Forensic Science. (Dec. 7, 2010)

NYS Commission on Forensic Science defense attorney Mavin
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NYS Commission on Forensic Science defense attorney Mavin Schechter speaks to commission about the recent decision by a national forensic lab accreditation board to put the Nassau police lab on probation. (Dec. 7, 2010)

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