Los Angeles Times | March 21, 1997 | Reports Show Freeh Wrongly Cleared FBI Lab |

WASHINGTON — In a development that calls into question the integrity of FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, documents released Thursday show that Freeh was wrong when he announced a year ago that the bureau had found no evidence supervisors at the bureau’s crime lab had altered reports or otherwise tampered with evidence.

The new reports reveal that in 1995, after a whistle-blower had raised concerns about the lab, Freeh’s subordinates found 13 criminal cases in which lab reports had been been improperly changed by a supervisor.

In fact, the reports state that the bureau was so concerned about the alterations that it recommended severe punishment for the supervisor.

“The problems that could arise during testimony when [lab report] dictation is arbitrarily changed cannot be overemphasized,” FBI officials said in the reports.

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