Joe Latta

Putnam: County officials want missing evidence story to go away but should it?


At a March news conference, the sheriff called it a "colossal failure of leadership" on the part of his predecessor. August 12, 2017 LANSING – Few of us would want the assignment facing the new Ingham County sheriff last spring. A review of the sheriff office's evidence room showed widespread problems affecting 1,700 pieces of evidence. Sheriff Sco...
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Prosecutors Overturn More Than 21,000 Drug Convictions In Wake Of Massive Drug Lab Misconduct


Dookhan's prolific fakery resulted in a list of 40,000 cases possibly tainted by her work. Enter Article DATE HERE Back in 2012, it was discovered that a Massachusetts state drug lab technician had falsified thousands of tests submitted as evidence in criminal cases. Technician Annie Dookhan was able to "produce" three times as many test resul...
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Ingham evidence room investigation turned over to prosecutor


An audit by Ingham County found 1,758 cases were improperly tracked over the years. April 26, 2017 The Michigan State Police have completed their investigation into the mishandling of evidence by the Ingham County Sheriff's Office and they've turned the report over the prosecutor. The previous prosecutor, Gretchen Whitmer, asked the troopers to inv...
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Massachusetts Supreme Court dismisses 21,000 drug convictions following chemist misconduct


Beyond the over 21,000 cases likely to be dismissed, another 500 to 700 convictions would most likely not be vacated April 21, 2017 JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court   on Thursday formally approved the dismissal [press release] of over 21,000 drug convictions that were deemed [order, PDF] to be "tainted" by a former state chemis...
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