Friday, August 31, 2012
Parties expressed outrage, vowed to investigate the alleged evidence tampering committed by a lab chemist at the South Street facility.
The Massachusetts District Attorney Association released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying they are working on a complete list of criminal cases involved in a possible case of evidence tampering at the South Street State Police crime lab. Officials believe a chemist in the lab mishandled evidence in drug cases. "We, as District Attorneys, will take the appropriate action necessary to ensure that justice is done. We have notified our counterparts in the Public Defender community to let them know that they will be provided the list of cases as soon as we obtain it," said the district attorneys int he statement. Governor Deval Patrick also released a statement Thursday afternoon. "This is deeply troubling information. No breach this …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
A chemist at the South Street lab is suspected of mishandling evidence in drug cases. Law officials worry convictions could be overturned.
You've driven past the State Labs on South Street many times, and perhaps not known they were even there. But the gray concrete building is the epicenter of a scandal that has caused the labs to be shut down. Officials say a chemist in the lab mishandled evidence in drug cases. Her name hasn't been released and no criminal charges have been filed, according to multiple news reports. But officials worry that convictions could be overturned because of her actions. "I think we’re all furious about this," said Colonel Timothy Alben, head of the State Police, according to the Globe. "Our concern is about any miscarriage of justice that’s out there." For now, samples in drug cases will be processed at the State Police facility in Sudbury, State …
WCVB reports that a chemist at the State Lab in Jamaica Plain is being investigated for tampering with evidence.
UPDATE, Thursday, 4:29 p.m. — State officials worry the mishandling of evidence at the JP lab may cause drug convictions to be overturned. ~~~~~ WCVB is reporting that a chemist at the State Lab in Jamaica Plain is being investigated for tampering with evidence. The lab tests evidence for several counties all over Massachusetts. WBZ reports that the lab has been closed down. The station says the chemist was not trying to change the outcomes of cases. A press conference is scheduled in Framingham at 2 p.m. This is a breaking news story. Check back with JP Patch soon for more.