(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The state of Indiana has halted an independent audit of the state's toxicology lab after serious problems were found with test results.
An audit of every test between 2007 and 2009 was only about half-way complete.
The audit was budgeted by the state at $40,000 but the time and costs have ballooned to $250,000.
Linda Chezem is in charge of the panel overseeing the audit and says they are not going to pull the plug just yet.
“We have not stopped the review. We only ask that they let us have some time because at this point it’s taking six times more than expected,” said Chezem.
The Indianapolis Star reports the legal community is wondering now about how many people may have been wrongly convicted based on drug and alcohol test results.
“It’s extremely unfortunate that the first public act that this review or advisory board takes is so clearly biased,” said Indianapolis defense attorney John Tompkins.
IU's audit by a Colorado company, Forensic Consultants, found mistakes in ten-percent of all marijuana cases and nearly a third of cases involving cocaine. The bad results bring about the possibility of wrongful convictions.
The Department of Toxicology is being transferred from Indiana University to becoming its own state agency.