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Brooklyn DA Thompson names new forensic science chief

April 11, 2014 From Kings County DA's Office
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Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson announced the appointment of Rachel Singer as head of the DA’s new Forensic Science Unit on Thursday. Singer, who joins the Kings County District Attorney’s office (KCDA) after serving in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office for 16 years, brings an extensive background in forensic science. As the Director of the DNA Prosecutions Unit in the Bronx, she supervised all legal staff on DNA-based prosecutions and conducted extensive office-wide training on current and emerging forensic issues and trial preparations. The Forensic Science Unit will serve in an advisory role on all cases involving forensic science and will ensure that all Assistant District Attorneys have access to the tools needed to prosecute the variety of cases that involve scientific evidence.

“I am pleased that Rachel Singer is joining us as Chief of the Forensic Science Unit…she is an outstanding practitioner and leader in this field. The Unit will be an essential support mechanism for the important work that we do as prosecutors, as we carry out our duty to serve justice for victims and protect the integrity of the criminal justice system,” said District Attorney Ken Thompson. 

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The Forensic Science Unit will specialize in the use of state-of the-art forensic tools to enhance investigations and prosecutions throughout the District Attorney’s Office. The unit will review motions for post-conviction DNA testing, defense requests for Frye hearings and complex discovery requests.

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