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Chief US District Judge Says Mass. Crime Lab Problems Impact at Least 100 to 200 Federal Cases

Oct 11, 2012, 08:22 pm CDT


I can't believe I'm beating McLeod to this pun, but there certainly were mass problems at that particular crime lab.

I know, I know, he probably could've done it better.

By OKBankLaw on 2012 10 11, 9:14 pm CDT

I am surprised the fed is concerned about wrongfully prosecuted drug defendants.

Nonetheless, why is the state of judicial leadership so bad that it is okay to screw up the life of a defendant through sloppy trial work, but then it's also okay to go backwards to undo damage already done? These innocent men and women likely lost custody of their children, lost their jobs and their homes.

Isn't it better to advertise to them legal services of tort lawyers so that every state actor who assumed the truth of these drug tests can be sued including the local office of court administration, the prosecutor's office and the local police who brought about the prosecution? These innocent victims of justice should retain capable lawyers who should immediately file predicate notices with the municipality and then follow up with 42 U.S.C. §1983 law suits in federal court.

By Peter C. Lomtevas on 2012 10 12, 12:04 pm CDT

Peter, I'm confused by your second paragraph, are you saying that if they're going to screw up the life of the defendant, they shouldn't go back and try to undo the damage?

By OKBankLaw on 2012 10 12, 1:26 pm CDT

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