40,000 Calif. drug cases could face review due to scandal

The case of a crime lab technician suspected of stealing cocaine booked as evidence may force reviews


By John Wildermuth and Nanette Asimov
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — As many as 40,000 San Francisco drug cases handled by Deborah Madden, the former police laboratory technician suspected of stealing cocaine booked as evidence, may need to be reviewed and it's going to take money to do it, Public Defender Jeff Adachi told a Board of Supervisors' committee Monday.

"We're being deluged with calls from people in prison, asking us to review their cases," Adachi said after a morning-long hearing on the police crime-lab scandal. He already has asked the mayor's office for money to hire two more people to help deal with the load.

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