On March 15, disgraced former San Francisco crime lab technician Deborah Madden pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.
Remember that Madden was charged with felony drug possession and admitted under oath that she took cocaine from the lab, but maintained that it was extra stuff that fell off the scale.
Cammy Blackstone is exceptional for many reasons.
She’s the voice you hear at each animal exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo, a winner of a Poddy Award for her foodie podcasts (she beat Rachael Ray!) and, as a legislative aide at the Board of Supervisors, Blackstone has worked for four supervisors — Sean Elsbernd, Michela Alioto-Pier, Carmen Chu and Katy Tang. That’s more than any aide in recent history.
A long-running case against a former San Francisco Police Department crime lab technician ended in a misdemeanor plea bargain Friday when she pleaded guilty in federal court to a reduced charge of possessing cocaine in 2009.
Deborah Madden, 63, of San Mateo, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge before U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco and will be sentenced by Illston on July 19. Read More
A retrial began in federal court Tuesday in the case of Deborah Madden, a former San Francisco police crime laboratory technician accused of taking small amounts of cocaine from the facility. Read More
A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the federal case against disgraced former San Francisco crime lab technician Deborah Madden, with only a few jurors reportedly rejecting conviction. Read More
How many lawyers does it take to delay the criminal sentencing of an attorney?
A Palo Alto attorney who was convicted last summer of trying to bribe Colma cops out of a DUI arrest was not sentenced as scheduled Thursday, according to prosecutors, after his appointment of a new attorney postponed that outcome until at least November. Read More
Jury selection began in federal court Monday morning for the trial of a former San Francisco police crime laboratory technician accused of stealing cocaine from the facility.
Deborah Madden, 62, of San Mateo, faces a federal charge of obtaining cocaine by means of fraud, deception or subterfuge in 2009. Read More
So much for second chances.
A San Francisco man whose drug case in 2010 was dropped because of The City’s embarrassing crime lab scandal was arrested last weekend in connection with a triple stabbing inside a Daly City bar. Read More
San Francisco police have suspended their use of devices that measure suspected drunken drivers’ blood-alcohol level in the field after it was revealed they haven’t been properly testing their accuracy, possibly for years.At a joint news conference Monday, Public Defender Jeff Adachi and District Attorney George Gascón said they are investigating police testing of Preliminary Alcohol Screening devices, which manufacturers recommend on a regular basis. Read More
My fascination with watching politics is a constant source of amusement for my family and friends. They don’t see what is so interesting about televised sausage-making, but I think there are gems in every Board of Supervisors agenda. For example, here are some items that are going before the board today. Read More