Van Hollen an instant 'expert'

Attorney General JB Van Hollen either is a quick learner or has an unduly high opinion of himself. You be the judge.

on the issue of how to reduce the state crime lab backlog of DNA tests:

Doyle's plan would provide 15 new analysts in April. GOP Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen released an analysis this week that found 31 new analysts ready to begin work July 1 were needed to reduce the growing backlog. He called the 15 positions a “phenomenal starting point,” but not enough to do the job.

“I'm convinced that he understands and recognizes that we're the experts in the field, that we know what we need to correct the backlog in the crime lab,” said Van Hollen. “I'm confident we'll be able to get the position authority we'll need.”

Van Hollen, the self-described "expert in the field," has been attorney general for six weeks. Doyle was attorney general for 12 years.

Needless to say, Doyle never got everything he asked for in the budget from Tommy Thompson, even for crime lab analysts, although Republicans attacked Doyle in every campaign for having a crime lab backlog.

Published

February 14, 2007 - 12:58pm

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