A forensic scientist who testified on behalf of Casey Anthony was blocked from testifying in a Denver sexual assault case after prosecutors argued that he does not qualify as an expert.
Richard Eikelenboom has testified as an expert in 90 trials, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The ruling against him comes after he reportedly admitted on the stand to having failed basic proficiency tests in the past.
"In cases where little girls were murdered, entire families were killed, women were raped, people are going to know that when [Eikelenboom] came to Denver he wasn't an expert," Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said, according to KDVR. "And a judge is going to look at that and have a long pause if they let him testify as an expert again."
Eikelenboom, who specializes in DNA trace evidence recovery and blood pattern analysis, was quick to downplay the significance of the Denver judge's decision.
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"I don’t think this will compromise anything," he said. "People don't get acquitted on DNA alone. You always have to put it in the context of the case, and there are lots of other clues that the wrong person was in jail."
While Eikelenboom doesn't hold a doctorate or belong to a professional organization, he pointed out that his lab in the Netherlands, co-owned by his wife, is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. He also worked as a forensic examiner at the Netherlands Forensic Institute from 1993 to 2005.
In 2011, Eikelenboom testified as an expert witness for the defense in the Casey Anthony trial. Anthony was later acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
J. Cheney Mason, who worked as one of Anthony's lawyers, expressed disbelief that Eikelenboom has been discredited.
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"If that's true, that shocks me," he said. "There's no question in my mind that this guy and his wife are qualified experts in DNA."
Eikelenboom says he intends to clear his name and says he is in contact with a lawyer.
"I think they're very scared from some of the cases we've worked on, and this could be a miscarriage of justice and we will expose that if they are," he said. "We stand 100 percent behind the cases we did."