AZ Supreme Court to hear Scottsdale lab DUI case

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Discrepancies in the blood test results in the Scottsdale forensics lab might impact hundreds of DUI cases in Arizona. (Source: CBS 5 News) Discrepancies in the blood test results in the Scottsdale forensics lab might impact hundreds of DUI cases in Arizona. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The fate of potentially hundreds of Valley DUI cases will now be in the hands of Arizona's highest court.

A software glitch at the Scottsdale crime lab in 2013 impacted at least 11 blood-test results, and left a few attorneys scratching their heads over the discrepancies in the results.

Now, the Arizona Supreme Court will determine whether the BAC results in several cases were compromised and deemed unreliable. It could have big implications.

The attorneys claimed they had proof that the blood testing machine wasn't calibrating correctly, thus producing erratic results.

A judge agreed, but an appeals court threw out his ruling.

Now the Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for February.

While it's too early to tell, the court's decision might impact those 11 cases and potentially any cases in which blood was tested at the crime lab during that time.

"The crime lab in Scottsdale completely lowered the standard to a new low, so low that the results are not reliable," defense attorney Mark DuBiel said.

"We don't want those for hospitals. We don't want those at the FAA. We don't want those at a meat-packing plant. We want the same scientific standards across the board," DuBiel said.

The crime lab still has its accreditation from the American Society of Crime Lab Directors.

Scottsdale Police Department did not provide comments on the case.

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