05/15/2012 08:46 am ET

Michigan Crime Labs Struggle To Meet Standards

By Mike Martindale

Michigan's seven State Police crime labs could lose their accreditation this summer, potentially casting doubt on forensic evidence used statewide in prosecutions ranging from drunken driving to homicides.

The State Police Forensic Science Division's accreditation from a national board expired more than a year ago, forcing the agency to seek extensions while it works to meet new standards and reduce a backlog of several thousand evidence samples.

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