Part 3

Reader Response to “Don’t Marry Career Women” – Part 3

Part 3
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Lifecodes was later acquired by a Orchid Cellmark, a testing laboratory based in Maryland and Texas, which also inherited the Lifecodes testing materials from the 1980’s and 90’s. The materials were stored in a warehouse in Connecticut until last summer.

In August, an official at Orchid Cellmark contacted Ms. Morrison to tell her that an inventory of those materials had turned up the two test tubes with Mr. Fappiano’s case number on it. They contained DNA material drawn from the sweat pants, which was retested by the city medical examiner this summer, along with a new DNA sample from Mr. Fappiano. Last month, prosecutors informed Mr. Fappiano that he had been conclusively ruled out as the source of the samples.

He appeared briefly in court yesterday, near lunchtime, standing before Justice L. Priscilla Hall as she considered a motion for his release. When it was granted, his mother stood and wept.

“Scott, we made it!” she cried.

But not quite. The wheels of justice turned no quicker for Mr. Fappiano after his innocence was confirmed than they had when his innocence was in doubt. It took four hours for the requisite state and city officials to sign off on his release, and it was not until late in the afternoon that he emerged from custody, in good spirits and itching for Italian food.

“It’s the easiest thing in the world to get into jail,” he said, “and the hardest thing in the world to get out.”

10-13-2006 02:28 PM

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