As expected, former SFPD drug lab employee Deborah Madden pleaded not guilty this morning to federal charges she took drugs from evidence at the lab in late 2009.After the state Attorney General’s Office decided there was insufficient evidence to charge Madden last year, a federal grand jury indicted her last week. Read More
Felony drug charges were filed in federal court Thursday against Deborah Madden, the disgraced former technician at the San Francisco Police Department’s crime lab.In a one-sentence indictment, federal prosecutors allege that Madden did “knowingly and intentionally acquire and obtain possession of, by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge” cocaine from the lab. Read More
Two drug-related police scandals inadvertently have helped The City prepare for an influx of inmates under the state’s recently implemented prison realignment plan.
The inmate population at San Francisco’s jails dropped sharply in early 2010 after the Police Department’s drug lab scandal came to light and again this year after allegations began surfacing about police misconduct during drug raids at residential hotels, Sheriff’s Department statistics show. Read More
A man was found guilty today of murder for the 1984 slaying of a woman at an auto repair shop in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood that was solved through a DNA match more than two decades later, prosecutors said.A San Francisco Superior Court jury this afternoon found Dwight Culton, 62, guilty of first-degree murder for the death of 43-year-old Joan Baldwin at the former Earl Scheib auto shop at 555 Bryant St. Read More
The former criminalist whose drug scandal ended drug testing by the police department and forced the dismissal of hundreds of criminal cases opened up in court Tuesday about her addiction but insisted that it had no impact on her performance in a nearly 30-year-old murder case. Read More
The former San Francisco Police department criminalist whose alleged theft of drugs from the crime lab scandalized the department will be called soon to testify in a nearly 30-year-old murder case.
Debbie Madden appeared at a pretrial court hearing Wednesday in the case of Dwight Culton, 61, accused of killing 43-year-old Joan Baldwin at a former auto body shop near the Hall of Justice on April 6, 1984. Read More
Defense attorneys were kept in the dark for some two years about the criminal history of a San Francisco Police Department crime lab technician who police say took cocaine from evidence samples.
Deborah Madden, 60, was convicted in 2008 of misdemeanor domestic violence and vandalism and was sentenced to probation for three years and 30 days in County Jail, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. Read More
Police said Tuesday they have stopped testing drugs at the department crime lab amid accusations that a civilian lab technician took cocaine from evidence samples.
Police began investigating Debbie Madden, 60, in December following an audit by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. Read More