Innocence Project Statement on Netflix Series featuring Massachusetts Drug Lab Scandal
Adding to the systemic failure were former Assistant Attorney Generals Anne Kaczmarek and Kris Foster who were found by the courts to have withheld exculpatory evidence regarding the timing and scope of Farak’s drug abuse and committed fraud on the court in order to minimize the fallout from Farak’s misconduct. Moving forward, there are measures that can be taken to evaluate and prevent such a disaster from occuring once again and possibly convicting innocent people.
As of now, Kaczmarek and Foster — who only compounded the offenses of Farak with their prosecutorial misconduct — have yet to face a disciplinary hearing for the roles they played in the largest drug lab scandal in Massachusetts history. It has been nine months since both were formally charged with ethics violations by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers — and it has been almost three years since Superior Court Judge Richard Carey found (in June 2017) that these attorneys committed “egregious” misconduct and “a fraud upon the court.” Both attorneys abandoned their fundamental obligation to investigate and disclose the far-reaching misconduct of a state drug lab analyst who mishandled thousands of cases, and instead perpetuated the injustice. Yet they remain licensed to practice law to this day.
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