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Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
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MBA, others call for independent investigation in wake of alleged evidence mishandling at DPH lab

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Bar Association along with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts called on Attorney General Martha M. Coakley to appoint or call for the appointment of an independent investigator in the crisis involving the William Hinton State Drug Laboratory.

"As unimpeachable as the Office of the Attorney General is, an institution that prosecutes drug cases, supports the State Police unit that investigates drug cases and also supports drug prosecutions by district attorneys will be perceived as having a stake in the investigation's outcome," the letter states. Click here to review the letter.

Following the delivery of the letter to Coakley, the signing parties received multiple media inquiries. To review the MBA's press coverage, click here and look under "LATEST NEWS." Comments from MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy were included in articles and segments featured in/on The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, State House News Service, WBZ radio, WBUR-FM and Channel 5 WCVB-TV.

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