Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sonja Farak: Massachusetts; Crime labs as crime scenes? Judge in Sonja Farak evidence tampering case allows defense lawyer to view state crime lab in Amherst from which Ms. Farak allegedly stole drugs;

STORY: "Judge in Sonja Farak evidence tampering case allows defense lawyer to view state crime lab in Amherst," by reporter Fred Contrada, published in The Republican on June 24, 2013.

GIST: "A Hampshire Superior Court judge granted permission Monday for Sonja Farak's lawyer to view the state police laboratory in Amherst from which the defendant allegedly stole drugs. Sonja Farak, 35, of Northampton is charged with four counts of evidence tampering, four counts of larceny of drugs and two count of possession of cocaine. The defendant worked at a state laboratory at the University of Massachusetts that stores and analyzes substances seized by police as possible drug evidence. She was arrested Jan. 19 after other employees at the lab contacted state police to report a discrepancy in their drug inventory. Assistant Attorney General Anne Kaczmarek, who is prosecuting the case, told Judge Bertha D. Josephson that the state police are shutting down the lab and turning the space over to the University of Massachusetts by the end of next week. She suggested defense attorney Elaine Pouronski view a crime video instead.

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