Push for double jeopardy legal guidelines after Queensland DNA lab debacle

There’s requires adjustments to Queensland’s double jeopardy legal guidelines within the wake of the bombshell interim report into failings on the state-run DNA lab
It was revealed this week the lab has routinely failed to check samples beneath a sure threshold for the previous 4 years.
The report said ten per cent of untested samples may have essential DNA outcomes.

Stock image of DNA testing (Getty)
Many samples at Queensland’s crime lab have been by no means examined for DNA.(Getty)

Labor MP Jonty Bush wrote a prolonged Fb submit expressing her outrage over the report.
“One of many solely irrefutable items of data obtainable in murder trials is the presence of DNA proof,” she wrote.
“It is unlikely that these outcomes have led to illegal convictions, however I’m sure that these outcomes have led to instances being dropped, and tragically the acquittal of some violent perpetrators.”
Bush has referred to as for motion to be taken beneath the state’s double jeopardy legal guidelines.
“I am not conscious of 1 case that is been re-tried beneath this laws,” she stated. 
“But when ever there was a case to be made for contemplating this laws it is now.”

Robotic DNA assembly line where components of the coronavirus vaccine will be assembled.
Many DNA samples have been by no means examined.(Paul Harris)

Prison lawyer Invoice Potts defined the double jeopardy laws.
“It basically implies that individuals can’t be placed on trial twice for a similar offence except there’s something completely overwhelming in the best way of latest proof,” he instructed 9News.
“The issue on this explicit case is that the prosecution have at all times had, it appears, the proof in their very own palms. They simply did not take a look at it.”
The LNP opposition has already referred to as for the Well being Minister Yvette D’Ath to be sacked.
“It is a full failure of presidency and an entire failure of Yvette D’Ath,” Deputy Opposition Chief Jarrod Bleijie stated.
The ultimate report into the failings of the DNA lab will not be launched till nearer to the tip of the 12 months.

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