Governor Patrick: “Breakdown In Oversight” At State Crime Lab
Gov. Deval Patrick is predicting ‘consequences’ for what he calls a ‘breakdown in oversight’ at a now-closed state crime lab. The governor ordered the Boston lab shut down last month after authorities discovered that a chemist had not followed proper protocols in the testing of drug samples. The finding could bring legal challenges from people who have been convicted or are awaiting trial.
The chemist resigned in March and two supervisors have been suspended. A criminal investigation and administrative review are under way. The operation of the lab was transferred from the state Department of Public Health to state police in March.
Patrick said Monday he was limited in what he could say because of the ongoing probes, but added that his office was still trying to understand the full scope of the problem.