State Scientist Fired After Testing Husband's Underwear

By: Tony Tagliavia Email
By: Tony Tagliavia Email

She's testified in countless court cases, including the Ricky Holland murder trial, as a state forensic scientist.

But in court for her own divorce, Ann Chamberlain admitted to using her job as a state forensic scientist to find out if her husband was cheating.

It happened last September, according to court documents.

Formerly Ann Chamberlain-Gordon, the 33-year-old Okemos woman says she performed DNA tests on her husband's underwear.

She says she found another woman's genetic material.

After an investigation into what a Michigan State Police statement calls "violations of department administrative policy," Chamberlain lost her job, effective August 16.

None of the documents obtained by News 10 indicates specifically that the testing was done here at the forensic laboratory where she worked, but Chamberlain testified in court that she used expired supplies from her workplace to perform the tests.

Chamberlain says she did it on her own time, but according to state police policies, any "supplies, materials or equipment" can't be used for non-duty or non-department purposes.

Although she's lost her job with the state, a Williamston forensic science consulting firm confirms Chamberlain is still employed there.

Her attorney could not be reached for comment.

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  • by John Location: Stockbridge on Aug 22, 2007 at 02:00 PM
    Improperly disposing of expired chemicals - You are dismissed. Using Government money to take multiple vacations disguised as business trips - You are praised. Can you tell which one is the scientist and which one is the politician?
  • by Cori Location: Chicago on Aug 22, 2007 at 06:26 AM
    It must have been worth the loss of her job to find out if her husband was cheating. I feel it would have been worth it for me. I have been cheated on, but I am not a scientist. It would be great to be have an over-the-counter test. Especially, if you suspect it. However, the biggest point should be moreover should'nt there be some sort of punishment for those who chose to violate a marital contract? It high time that marraige stopped being treated like a disposable diaper, and that men/and even women had the same fear of cheating as they do breaking any other law. Perhaps, then there would be revitalization in the sanctity and respect for the marriage that a person chooses to enter into. Afterall, one should not go making a lifelong promise like marriage lightly, and then go messing around willy-nilly. It comes down to rehashing core values, and teaching moral conduct in society. I don't fault her at all. I consider that the husband is a criminal for his breech of contract
  • by Jimmy Location: Jackson on Aug 22, 2007 at 04:00 AM
    If she got fired, when why is she still there? Don't you just love Michigan and their double standards!!!
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Aug 21, 2007 at 04:37 PM
    Well if what she did is so bad then why didn't someone offer to help her to prove what she suspected all along. Now that she proved it she is being punished for it by taking away her job. Now this is not right maybe what she did was wrong but firing her I think is rather extreme some other form of punishment could have been choosen. Like a month off without pay or somehting along that line instead of firing her. I am not saying what she did is right but it copuld have been handled differently than it was.
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