Lawyer requests federal investigation into drug lab scandals

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September 21, 2018

A defense attorney has called for a federal investigation into scandals at the state's drug labs in Jamaica Plain and Amherst. The scandals, which first came to light more than five years ago, have led to the dismissal of more than 30,000 drug convictions because of misconduct by state chemists and prosecutors.

In a letter sent recently to US Attorney Andrew Lelling, the defense lawyer called the state's inquiry into Sonja Farak, the Amherst chemist arrested in 2013 for stealing from the evidence locker, "constitutionally inadequate."

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Lawyer requests federal investigation into drug lab scandals - The Boston Globe

The scandals, which first came to light more than five years ago, have led to the dismissal of more than 30,000 drug convictions because of misconduct by state chemists and prosecutors.

The attorney, Jim McKenna of North Grafton, told the Globe his decision to reach out to Lelling "came down to the end of the process of elimination."
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