Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sonja Farak: Massachusetts; Yet another ramification! Drug defendant Rolando Penate's lawyer is seeking access to evidence used by the state to prosecute chemist Sonja Farak - including "quite a bit of correspondence regarding how bad is this scandal?"

STORY: "Lawyer for drug defendant Rolando Penate seeks access to evidence used by state to prosecute chemist Sonja Farak,"  by reporter Buffy Spencer, published by the Republican on October 2, 2013.

GIST:  "Attorney Luke Ryan argued in Hampden Superior Court Wednesday on behalf of drug defendant Rolando Penate he should be able to look at all the evidence - such as drugs, drug bags and lab envelopes - being used by the state to prosecute former state chemist Sonja Farak. Ryan also wants to look at Farak’s personnel file to see if there were problems earlier than the state contends and whether she was getting adequate supervision. He wants to see if she was asked in her application for work at the lab if she had a drug problem. Farak, 35, of Northampton, faces trial early next year in Hampshire Superior Court. She is charged with four counts of evidence tampering, four counts of larceny of drugs and two count of possession of cocaine.........Ryan also asked Kinder to make the state turn over to him inter-agency communications - such as emails - sent within the Attorney General’s office regarding the scope of Farak’s conduct and the Amherst lab. He also wants communications between that agency and other state agencies about Farak. He said he expects there was quite a bit of correspondence regarding “how bad is this scandal?”Foster said Kaczmarek and State Police Sgt. Joseph Ballou told her there was nothing in emails or other communications that would be a “smoking gun” or that has not already been disclosed.

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