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Murphy reappointed to forensic science commission

By Lombardo David
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn't done with James A. Murphy III.

According to a news release, the Saratoga County district attorney was reappointed to the governor's Commission on Forensic Science, which is empowered to develop minimum standards and an accreditation program for all forensic labs in the state.

In a statement, Cuomo thanked Murphy for agreeing to serve again. " I am confident you will continue to serve the people of New York with dedication and distinction," he said.

Murphy said it was an honor to have been appointed by the commission, which ensures that labs keep up best practices. "Only by having state of the art labs, vigilant testing and retesting, and disciplined protocols can we ensure that evidence is properly examined and useful in criminal cases," he said in a statement.

The 14-member commission also includes New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico.

Additionally, the commission includes a seven-member DNA subcommittee that is responsible for the accreditation of a forensic DNA lab.

It's not clear from the press release whether the CSI character Gil Grissom is based directly on Murphy, but one can choose to speculate wildly if they want. One can only hope that he uses his forensic science knowledge for good and doesn't use it to hide his crimes, like blood spatter specialist Dexter Morgan.

Follow @poozer87 on Twitter for all your commission and forensic science news.

 
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