Prosecutors told to leave out some info in SF crime lab documents

The public could soon have a much clearer picture of what was going on at The City’s crime lab before it was shut down.

Judge Anne-Christine Massullo, who’s overseeing the case of an alleged evidence-swiping lab employee, has been ordering prosecutors to release to the public some of the hundreds of pages of documents produced by the investigation.

Some of the documents she already has released include a transcript of a police interview with criminalist Deborah Madden, along with messages between prosecutors and police about the crisis.

On Monday, she heard arguments surrounding the remaining documents. She postponed her decision till May 5, but told prosecutors they should prepare redacted documents that leave out some of the most sensitive information but include the rest.

Specifically, she asked them to redact personnel files and information pertaining to an ongoing investigation, a spokeswoman for the Public Defender’s Office said.

Prosecutors have argued that many more of the documents should be kept private.

kworth@sfexaminer.com

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