More than 800 NYC rape cases reviewed for mistakes
By Kristina Sgueglia, CNN
updated 7:02 PM EST, Fri January 11, 2013
New York (CNN) -- A review of forensic evidence in New York City rape cases has uncovered 26 incidents where critical evidence went undetected, prompting the city's medical examiner's office to look into more than 800 rape cases over 10 years, "reviewing and retesting everything."
On Friday, the medical examiner's rape-case review prompted New York's City Council speaker to set an "emergency oversight hearing" for January 22.
"The mishandling of rape cases is making double victims of women who have already suffered an indescribably horrific event," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said. "We cannot allow these women to wonder if their attacker remains free or to go one more day without knowing justice was served in their case."
The review, which began in July of 2011, focuses on the work of one technician includes all cases the technician processed over a 10-year period.