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May/June 2008 , Page 54 

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By Ted Vosk

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Breath Testing and The Washington State Toxicology Lab

“Simulator solutions are being falsified as far as the certification.”

This anonymous tip, left on a Washington State Patrol (WSP) message service on March 15, 2007, was not the first clue that there was something wrong in the Washington State Toxicology Lab. It was, however, the one that led to the revelation of the panoply of sins the Lab was guilty of: perjury, conspiracy, cover-ups, carelessness, reckless disregard for the truth, incompetence, and failures to follow universally accepted scientific standards. Twenty years of complacency and an overriding concern for facilitating successful prosecutions at the expense of sound science threatened the liberty of innocent citizens and the integrity of the system of justice itself. Now, a once highly respected state toxicologist has resigned and breath test results throughout the state, stretching back for at least half a decade, are in question.

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