FTC, DoJ, Bar Association okay with higher DNA test costs keeping killers, rapists free

Over $88M was disbursed last year in federal DNA Backlog Reduction Funding Awards. Years ago (pre-automation that speeds DNA testing and reduces test costs), that $88M+ could be expected to cover costs to test @2,786,025 pieces of evidence, getting a record number of killers and rapists rapidly off the streets and freeing a record number of innocents. Courtesy of far too many mergers, that $88M+ can now only be expected to cover costs to test @39,425 pieces of evidence – at a snail’s pace. And courtesy of those mega-mergers, the results of DNA tests will be crap shoots … the cheapest rather than the best test methods that will require costly, snail pace retesting at best and cause misidentification at worst, including possible collusion with prosecutors trying to keep frame-ups intact.

This Beltway bamboozle is picking your pockets while endangering your loved ones. 

Please use the email addresses below to stand with me before you have a related first-person horror story from which you’ll never recover. LabCorp is international, so was Orchid Cellmark; D. C. decided that no one, no where deserves better than this.

From: Susan Chandler
Date: January 31, 2012 5:54:53 PM EST
To: antitrust.complaints@usdoj.gov
Cc: ASKDOJ <ASKDOJ@usdoj.gov>, “Alan J. Friedman” <AFRIEDMAN@ftc.gov>, irsob@do.treas.gov, *TIGTA Investigations Complaints Unit <Complaints@tigta.treas.gov>, ACLU Romero <aclu@aclu.org>, washingtonbureau@naacpnet.org, emeyer@thebeaconjournal.com
Subject: DoJ Antitrust Division’s inaction furthers FTC’s malfeasance

Sharis Arnold Pozen
Acting Assistant Attorney General
United States Department of Justice
Citizen Complaint Center
Antitrust Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 3322
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Ms. Pozen,

I’m writing a fourth time to counter your office’s dissolute, duplicate assurance that your Division “may contact me in the future” about the FTC’s malfeasance in allowing unethical LabCorp to become an internationally irresponsible behemoth in medical and forensics testing.

Three times, your office has written, “We appreciate your interest in the enforcement of federal antitrust laws.” Unfortunately, there is no way to similarly express my feelings about your disinterest in the enforcement of federal antitrust laws without using expletives. So again, Ms. Pozen; I insist the DoJ Antitrust Division correct the FTC’s malfeasance. LabCorp’s acquisitions need to be undone … right now. And again, I offer more proof.

In 2004, ABC News reported, “The state of Ohio this summer paid four private contractors $605,000 and eliminated a DNA backlog of 19,000 samples in six weeks. As a result, 241 crimes were solved, officials say, including eight homicides and 80 sexual assaults.” (italics mine, link below) The DNA test method was obviously STR, not Mito, as criminals were specifically identified. The cost per test was @$31.84, and at the rate the tests were conducted, the four contractors could test 164,667 pieces of evidence per year. Or more.

On January 13th, the Akron Beacon Journal Online reported, “The scheduled March 5 retrial of Denny Ross is likely to be delayed for months after a judge approved a defense request for sophisticated DNA testing of 20 samples of forensic evidence from the 1999 slaying of Hannah Hill … Hunter’s ruling also required the cost of the tests, estimated at $45,000, to be split evenly by the defense and the state.” (italics mine, link below) LabCorp’s DNA test method – per the article – is Mito, which is not sophisticated, as the article claims; it does not identify specific criminals, only their maternal lineage. The cost per test will be @$2,250, and at the best-case-scenario of the “months” involved in the Ross case being only two, LabCorp could test 120 pieces of evidence in a year. Or less.

Last year, $88,707,086 of federal taxpayers money was dispersed in DNA Backlog Reduction Funding Awards (link below).

If the four contractors that did Ohio’s 2004 testing did all the tests for that $88M+, they would test @2,786,025 pieces of evidence, taking about 17 years to complete the tests, worst case. There’s no reason to believe they’d raise their prices or be slower, as increasing automation has decreased the amount of time involved in DNA tests as well as decreased the costs of conducting tests. They would exclusively identify individual criminals, and more of them, as the ability to amplify DNA from tiny samples has also increased over the years.

If LabCorp did all the tests for that $88M+, they would test @39,425 pieces of evidence, taking about 329 years to complete the tests, best case. They wouldn’t exclusively identify individual criminals.
Obviously, we need every DNA backlog cleared up nationwide – this year – so that current crimes get immediate attention and so that no incarcerated innocent passes another anniversary behind bars or gets put down like a dog … and so that rapists and killers are apprehended before the word “serial” applies as an adjective. We need a couple dozen contractors like those that cleared up Ohio’s backlog by identifying specific criminals with STR. We don’t need LabCorp or their Mito DNA … for anything.

Because of Mito DNA testing, Crosley “Poppa” Green is still in prison, although now off death row. Hair that allegedly placed Crosley in a truck used in the commission of a homicide identified his maternal lineage. His brother – who knows how to operate a stick shift, unlike Crosley – had used the truck, so it could be his hair. Or it could be that hair was harvested from Crosley’s cell. Or it could be that the DNA doesn’t really maternally match Crosley, like the DNA evidence in Jeff Abramowski’s case didn’t really match him, but instead identified Judy Foley and Michael Bruce Foley. After all, Brevard County, Florida police and prosecutors – for at least three decades running – frame innocents like Crosley and Jeff with impunity, and beat up people like Albert Flowers with impunity, and more. Of course, a flipping dog handler was involved in Crosley’s case, and of course, there was witness intimidation, and of course, there have been witness recantations, and of course, no real forensic evidence ties Crosley to the crime … he’s magic; he made his fingerprints and footprints disappear after-the-fact. And bullet casings, too, if memory serves. But that wasn’t the extent of Crosley’s magic; he changed his hair length and style and overall size, too, according to the initial physical description given by the eye witness, who is likely the actual murderer given that an aircraft carrier can be steered through the discrepancies in her various the-black-man-did-it statements. The FBI, IRS Oversight Board, Treasury Department, Florida Today, etc., have read this and more about Crosley’s case in my letter directly questioning the Florida Bar on their appointing D.C.’s high-powered Crowell & Moring as counsel for Crosley; their skill is in shredding environmental laws, defending white collar criminals and trouncing whistle blowers, not homicide defense.

As it’s unlikely that you opened any of the links above, know that applying 2004 Ohio contractor math on behalf of Denny Ross as regards the Akron Beacon Journal Online article would have the defense and the public splitting a total cost of @ $637, with the tests taking only a day and identifying an actual perpetrator, not a maternal maelstrom of men – fathers, uncles, nephews, cousins, sons, brothers, grandfathers.
And know that the ABC News segment about contractors clearing Ohio’s 2004 DNA backlog tells of identifying serial rapist Robert Patton, who has 37 known victims, 13 of whom he raped in the three-year span after his DNA was first captured. If LabCorp had been the 2004 contractor, the math says that Ohio couldn’t have afforded to clear its backlog, and what few tests they could afford to have LabCorp perform still wouldn’t be complete. If Patton’s sample hadn’t been tested yet, the math says he would have raped an additional 30 women or more by now. At LabCorp’s price and pace, these scores of women would be living in terror, denied justice, while their undetected sisterhood gained four or more new members each year until Patton’s Santorum-sanctified-seed dried up … at which point Patton would likely begin to murder women he could no longer sexually humiliate.

LabCorp is doing what every sizable corporation is doing right now … cornering markets, unduly influencing legislators to undo consumer and environmental protections, unduly influencing legislators so as to be under-taxed or untaxed, unduly influencing legislators so as to lawfully exploit labor, charging too much for mediocre to scandalously poor products and services, etc. This isn’t new; it’s historically how corporations behave when we have patsies in power instead of patriots. The DoJ’s Patsy Pie Chart already had an overlarge slice for conviction corruption before Orchid Cellmark got too big to care about homicide evidence received in suspect condition, let alone before LabCorp acquired Orchid Cellmark, evidenced by my years of letters to the DoJ and FBI documenting public corruption that affected trial outcomes.

The math says that the average size of the four contractors that Ohio used to clear its DNA backlog is the proper size for forensics laboratory competition to flourish, preventing deceptive business practices from delaying or denying justice. The math also says we can’t afford a DoJ Antitrust Division leader that is disinterested in the enforcement of federal antitrust laws, or an Attorney General that finds that disinterest acceptable, given that the various Bar Associations are so conspicuously corrupt that an interior designer is waging this life/death/freedom battle with the FTC and DoJ in their stead. That conspicuous corruption puts the Bar so far outside the basis of their tax exemptions – equal protection of its members and the public – that the IRS Oversight Board has no choice but to retroactively cancel their tax exemptions, relief and redress I repeatedly requested last year. You feds aren’t “too legit to quit.” Quite the contrary. Ethical, out-of-work legal eagles can replace you traitorous turkeys and immediately bust forensics labs down to proper size, admit DoJ/FBI wrongdoing with numerous discredited dog handlers, properly disclose the FBI’s Comparative Bullet Lead Analysis as junk science, force the Bar to punish prosecutorial and supervisory misconduct, and much, much more to ensure that innocents aren’t incarcerated … like formally challenging interminable military detention of ordinary citizens.

Courtesy of your corruption, I have yet another live-in hovel to remodel, and no strength to work on it – the nightmares you generate cause nocturnal seizures that break my teeth, bruise my body and inflame my misshapen spine. The more you expose yourselves as treacherous elitists, the more determined I am to remodel government before I remodel my hovel, despite the increasing humiliation and pain. Interior designers see beautiful things that aren’t there and then make them appear … and I see a federal government that never stands with or for delayed or denied justice.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=346955&page=1#.Tx6MVK6OiG4
http://www.ohio.com/news/local-news/scheduled-march-retrial-of-denny-ross-probably-headed-for-long-delay-1.254860
http://www.dna.gov/funding/dna-backlog-reduction/funding

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From: “ATR-OPS Citizen Complaint Center” <Antitrust.Complaints@usdoj.gov>
Date: January 23, 2012 1:22:23 PM EST
To: “Susan Chandler”
Subject: RE: The matter of Albert Flowers as regards Laboratory Corporation and Orchid Cellmark, FTC File No.111 0155

Dear Ms. Chandler:

Thank you for your continued correspondence with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division.  We have your information on file and should the legal staff need further information, they may contact you in the future.

We appreciate your interest in the enforcement of federal antitrust laws.

Sincerely,

Citizen Complaint Center
Antitrust Division
Department of Justice

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From: “ATR-OPS Citizen Complaint Center” <Antitrust.Complaints@usdoj.gov>
Date: January 13, 2012 9:21:29 AM EST
To: “Susan Chandler”
Subject: RE: Objections to FTC approval of LabCorp’s purchase of Orchid Cellmark [Laboratory Corporation and Orchid Cellmark; FTC File No.111 0155]

Dear Ms. Chandler:

Thank you for your continued correspondence with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division.  We have your information on file and should the legal staff need further information, they may contact you in the future.

We appreciate your interest in the enforcement of federal antitrust laws.

Sincerely,

Citizen Complaint Center
Antitrust Division
Department of Justice

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From: “ATR-OPS Citizen Complaint Center” <Antitrust.Complaints@usdoj.gov>
Date: January 9, 2012 4:39:55 PM EST
To: “Susan Chandler”
Subject: RE: Objections to FTC approval of LabCorp’s purchase of Orchid Cellmark [Laboratory Corporation and Orchid Cellmark; FTC File No.111 0155]

Dear Ms. Chandler:

Thank you for contacting the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  After careful review of your email, we have determined that the information provided cannot be reviewed further by the Division at this time because this matter has been cleared for the Federal Trade Commission, our sister agency, to handle.  If you have not already done so, you may wish to express your concerns to the FTC.  Please see below for information on how to contact the FTC.

We appreciate your interest in the enforcement of federal antitrust laws.

Sincerely,

Citizen Complaint Center
Antitrust Division
Department of Justice

 

About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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One Response to FTC, DoJ, Bar Association okay with higher DNA test costs keeping killers, rapists free

  1. Reblogged this on Wobbly Warrior's Blog and commented:

    LabCorp was allowed – by every federal entity paid to protect your individual interests – to grow exponentially larger than when my many complaints were lodged, and now there are rumblings that LabCorp will go private … the surest way to avoid Shareholder Spring accountability for corporate misdeeds, like so wildly overcharging for DNA tests that the public’s pockets will be emptied to catch a few criminals, instead of all of them. Keeping quiet keeps your family in danger … there is no “they” to protect your loved ones any more – they’ve all sold you out.

    I’d written, “LabCorp is doing what every sizable corporation is doing right now … cornering markets, unduly influencing legislators to undo consumer and environmental protections, unduly influencing legislators so as to be under-taxed or untaxed, unduly influencing legislators so as to lawfully exploit labor, charging too much for mediocre to scandalously poor products and services, etc. This isn’t new; it’s historically how corporations behave when we have patsies in power instead of patriots.”

    The U.S. Senate recently defended your interests, but the U.S. House of Representatives is packed with patsies, finding new ways every day to sell you out.

    When I posted my letters protesting LabCorp’s growth, the email addresses were all right there for re-use. All it took was copying them and writing, “I agree with Chandler. I want DNA prices to be affordable. I want all rapists and killers off the streets, not just a few of them.”

    Do it now. Don’t wait until inconceivably huge LabCorp is beholden to no one. Protect your family, protect your tax dollars.

    http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-08-01/labcorp-responds-to-buyout-report-shares-climb

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