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Week In Review: Drug Lab Oversight; Opioids; Duck Boat Accident Raises Questions24:00
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Passers-by approach the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute, where a crime lab chemist spent years faking results. A second case of misconduct by a state chemist was reported by Attorney General Maura Healey Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)
Passers-by approach the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute, where a crime lab chemist spent years faking results. A second case of misconduct by a state chemist was reported by Attorney General Maura Healey Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)
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We go over the week in the news, beginning with new revelations about astonishing misconduct by a former state drug lab chemist.

"In drug cases, the principle evidence is the drugs," former federal Judge Nancy Gertner told us this week. "And, if you can't trust that test, then what else are you going to trust?"

The report from Attorney General Maura Healey's office finds that Amherst chemist Sonja Farak consumed drugs from the lab almost every day for eight years. She stole from the lab's stock of drugs, as well as from evidence that she was supposed to be testing.

"When you try to run a drug war on the cheap, there are consequences for it," said Northampton defense attorney Luke Ryan. "We're now in a position where the chickens have come home to roost."

Guests

Shira Springer, investigative reporter for the sports section of The Boston Globe. She tweets@ShiraSpringer.

Charles Chieppo, research fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and head of Chieppo Strategies, a public policy writing and advocacy firm.

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Radio Boston: New Details Of Misconduct By State Chemist

  • "There’s a new, deeply troubling report about misconduct at a state drug testing lab."

Radio Boston: Could The Fatal Duck Boat Crash In Boston Have Been Prevented?

  • "On Saturday, one of the city’s Duck Boats collided with a scooter near the Boston Common, killing the scooter’s driver, 28-year-old Allison Warmuth."

This segment aired on May 6, 2016.

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