Latest MA Forensic Lab Scandal Points To Need For More Oversight


Sonja Farak, a state forensic chemist in Massachusetts, was minutes away from testifying in a drug case in 2013 when attorneys learned she was about to be arrested on charges of tampering with evidence and stealing drugs from her workplace. Prosecutors stopped her from taking the stand, and the case was dismissed, the Christian Science Monitor reports. A judge expressed dismay at the damage the chemist's conduct may have done to “dozens, hundreds” of other cases where she did testify. The scope of the damage actually may be in the tens of thousands, not the hundreds, according to newly public documents.

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