The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1995 · Page 8
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A8 Tuesday, May 16,1995 The Salina Journal Simpson's defense attacks credibility of DNA laboratory By Th» Associated Press LOS ANGELES — O.J. Simpson's defense went on the attack Monday against the prosecution's star scientific witness, suggesting her lab had a large error rate and .that it once was infected by an "outbreak of contamination." Robin Cotton, director of Cell- mark Diagnostics, also acknowledged that her lab has never undergone a blind review by outside experts to see whether its methods are foolproof. Defense attorney Peter Neufeld Police raid Japanese cult compounds By The Associated Press KAMIKUISHIKI, Japan — Thousands of police launched simultaneous dawn raids early today on compounds of the Aum Shinri Kyo cult nationwide to arrest the group's leader and 20 members in connection with the Tokyo subway gas attack. Police said they planned to charge the group's half-blind, guru-like leader Shoko Asahara and a score of his followers with murder or attempted murder in the attack that left a dozen people dead and 5,500 others sickened. Four people were arrested in the early hours of the raids, reports said. Asahara had not been found more than three hours after the raids began. Hundreds of officers raided the Kamikuishiki compound, and 130 other sites were simultaneously being raided across Japan, said Shigeaki Ishikawa, a Tokyo Metropolitan Police spokesman. At least 2,000 police were involved. Press reports said Ikuo Hayashi, a cult doctor, had confessed to planting nerve gas packets in a subway car, and that Masami Tsuchiya, head of the sect's chemical team, had told police he had produced sarin, the poison used in the, attack. Both were arrested previously. used 7- and 8-year-old mistakes by Cellmark in a challenge to its analysis of DNA in the Simpson case. Neufeld tried to suggest the lab's error rate was one in 50 and link the 7-year-old test to the Simpson case, but was blocked by prosecution objections. In her sixth day of testimony at Simpson's murder trial, Cotton said no agency does blind quality control tests, in which a laboratory doesn't know it is being tested when it analyzes genetic material. Neufeld suggested the lack of external oversight for procedures at Cellmark Diagnostics of Maryland cast doubt on the trustworthiness of its results. Cotton, who gave the strongest testimony yet linking Simpson to blood at the scene of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, was scolded during the morning session for talking out of turn. "Wait, wait, wait, wait, WAIT!" Judge Lance Ito barked as the words of the witness and lawyer collided. "First of all, you can't talk at the same time. Secondly, when I say 'Wait,' everybody stops, including you, Dr. Cotton, including you, Mr. Neufeld," Ito said. "You can't argue with the witness and with the answer that she's given. You get to ask questions, you get to give answers, doctor. Proceed." Cotton acknowledged that a quality control test revealed a faint sign of contamination in DNA testing of a blood drop found on Simpson's driveway. Hope begins at home... V * * Be a role model Express your values Be available Have reasonable expectations Express anger responsibly Take care of yourself Praise others Be trustworthy Listen Be consistent Give lots of hugs Show unconditional love May 1995 Foster Parent Appreciation Month Thank you to our foster families who bring hope home. _ _ UNITED METHODIST YOUTHVILLE Newton • Dodge City • Salina • Emporia • Fort Scott • Wichita t The Salina Journal will publish its annual Women in Business special section, Monday, May 22nd. This handy tabloid size section is filled with information for career women: financial information, starting your own business, juggling work with motherhood; plus fashions and accessories for today's businesswoman. Salina Journal L6VIS / For Her \HJ A great selection of cotton denim shorts at one great everyday price! juniors 550 iTM • Relaxed fit • 7" inseam Bleach, Authentic Stonewash, Midnight, Super Bleach, natural or black • Sizes 3-13, $30 misses 551™ • Relaxed fit • 8" inseam Bleach, Authentic Stonewash, Midnight, Super Bleach or natural • Sizes 4-16, $30 juniors 954 TM Cuffe'd styling • 3" inseam • Stonewash or indigo • Sizes 3-13, $30 / • Denim Fcrf Her CENTRAL MALL Shop Dillard's Central Mall Monday thru Saturday 10-10, Sunday 12:00-7:00 Dillard's

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