BOSTON -- A superior court judge sharply criticized Attorney General Maura Healey's office for concealing evidence and trying to cover up mistakes in a drug lab scandal, and the consequences of that behavior could lead to "thousands" of convicted drug dealers being freed, according to the Boston Herald. Healey's attempt to whitewash the mishandling of the Sonja Farak case just to make her office look better could have lasting and dangerous consequences for the criminal justice system, according to today's report.
"The only thing worse than the gross incompetence of Maura Healey's office during this case is her office's effort to deceive the public and cover up mistakes. With thousands more drug cases now tainted due to the AGO's inability to own up to its errors, Healey should apologize for her office's misconduct that could have lasting and dangerous consequences for our state's criminal justice system." -MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes
A report commissioned by Maura Healey whitewashed misconduct by Healey's office in a drug-lab scandal. "A review ordered up last year by Attorney General Maura Healey whitewashed two of her prosecutors for how they handled cases involving a drug-addled western Massachusetts state chemist — even though it revealed the same evidence that led a judge to accuse the two of gross misconduct this week." (Jack Encarnacao, "Judge: Drug-tainted cases mishandled," Boston Herald, 6/29/17)
A superior court judge accused Healey's office of concealing evidence and trying to cover up its own mistakes in the Farak case. "'The mental health worksheets were the subject of repeated communications to which Kaczmarek was a party in 2013 and were the chief reason that she sought to block the defendants’ discovery,’ Carey writes. 'Kaczmarek knew that the mental health worksheets were exculpatory admissions by Farak, that the drug lab defendants were entitled to them, that the AGO had not turned them over to the drug lab defendants, and that it had no intention of doing so.'" (Jack Encarnacao, "Judge: Drug-tainted cases mishandled," Boston Herald, 6/29/17)
The misconduct could mean that "thousands" more convicted drug dealers could be freed. "As a result, thousands more convicted drug dealers could be freed on top of the 21,000 tainted cases tossed because of notorious Hinton Lab chemist Annie Dookhan." (Jack Encarnacao, "Judge: Drug-tainted cases mishandled," Boston Herald, 6/29/17)