Another Crime Lab With Problems
The Massachusetts state crime lab is reeling from the fallout of a chemist who was so ambitious to please prosecutors, police and her bosses by allegedly completing so many drug tests which many, as it now turns out, were faked or false. Over a 9 year period, the chemist supposedly tested 60,000 drug samples involving 34,000 defendants. Reports indicate the chemist was doing as much as 10 times a month the number of tests as the average chemist. The crime lab has been shut down by the governor. The public health commissioner was also fired. Special court sessions were set up to deal with the legal fallout from the chemist’s actions. Tens of thousands of cases have been thrown into jeopardy as a result of the actions of both the chemist and others in the crime lab. Breath and blood testing in DUI / Drunk Driving cases are almost always conducted in coordination with crime labs across the Unites States.