In-line with the recommendations of the NAS Report, San Francisco is looking to remove the crime lab from the police department. Hopefully more communities will come to this conclusion.
A new proposal before San Francisco leaders seeks to make the city’s crime laboratory independent of the police department, in light of recent problems that have shut
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Talk about a defense attorney’s wildest dream! The article SFAppeal Online Newspaper seems to imply that Deborah Madden wasn’t the only drug chemist in the San Francisco PD crime lab skimming drugs. Only a thorough investigation will find out if these are truthful accusations, or attempts to make herself not look as bad.
This is just
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Criminal defense attorneys are always face roadblocks when they try to exercise their client’s constitutional right to confront their accuser. In the case of breath alcohol testing, this usually means the defense isn’t allowed access to the “source code” for the breath tester…that is the computer programming that controls the behavior of the breath tester.
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So not only was there a supervisor with a criminal background, who was supposedly stealing drugs from cases, but the drug section in general is apparently run like a third-world sweatshop. Employees there have a work load 5 — 7 times what is normal for California.
“The lab will not reopen until corrective measures are taken
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Apparently at least one San Francisco judge is concerned about the lack of communication between the police, prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys in San Francisco, regarding the controversy related to the San Francisco PD Crime Lab drug testing section.
A San Francisco Judge has ordered the police and the District Attorney to turn over more than 1,100
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