The top Massachusetts forensics official resigned yesterday after a series of blunders in the state police crime laboratory and the medical examiner’s office, says the Boston Globe. The exit of LaDonna Hatton is the most prominent in a string of high-level departures from both operations. It comes amid four investigations into the alleged mishandling of DNA test results in about two dozen unsolved sexual assault cases at the crime lab and another inquiry into the disappearance of a body from the medical examiner’s office.
Hatton, 46, was appointed by the Mitt Romney administration in 2005 to fix the long-troubled agencies but had struggled with one crisis after another over the past six months. She will leave in August to become general counsel to the state police. Her departure follows the resignation in March of the civilian head of the crime lab and the suspension last month of the chief medical examiner.