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CSI Actor Gets Tour of Metro's Crime Lab
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LAS VEGAS -- An 8 News NOW request to get inside of Metro's crime lab continues to be denied, but just last week, a Hollywood actor was allowed access.

Ever since Metro came forward with their DNA mistake that sent an innocent man to prison, 8 News NOW has been requesting a tour of the crime lab to better understand how evidence is handled. That request has been denied several times. But well-known actor Ted Danson was given access.

Mistakes made inside Metro's crime lab are still raising questions. UNLA law professor Kate Kruse is just one of many who have a vested interest in how things are operating. She's is the director of UNLV's Innocence Clinic, a group that researches possible wrong conviction cases.

"Take a careful look at how the whole system is working and look if there is any way to improve it so there are appropriate checks and balances in place so that those errors can be caught early on before someone is wrongfully convicted and spends time in prison for something that they didn't do," said Kruse.

Though Metro has provided access to the lab in the past, they have denied media requests inside ever since they came forward with the DNA mix-up that sent the wrong man to prison for four years. But Metro did allow actor Ted Danson in for a tour just a few days ago now that he is part of the CSI Las Vegas cast. When asked why he was given access and not 8 News NOW, police said the media has been allowed in in the past and has sufficient video. Also, "If we let you in, then we have to let other media outlets in and we can't have that much traffic in the lab."

Though professor Kruse didn't have much to say on the media being denied access, she wishes Metro would be more transparent.

"Bring an outside agency in to do an audit to say look we're not afraid of what you are going to find. We are not afraid to open our doors and allow you to look at everything we do and give us advice about how we can be doing things better."

Police say Ted Danson wasn't allowed inside the actual DNA room, he had to view the room through glass windows. He was given access to things like fingerprinting. He also talked to some scientists and technicians to get a better understanding of their jobs.

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