Questions about drug testing at the St. Paul Police Department crime lab were met with sighs, smiles, glares, and barely stifled laughter by a crime lab employee during a contentious hearing Friday in Dakota County District Court.
Maureen O'Connell, the assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services' Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration will resign tomorrow, a DHS spokesperson confirmed Thursday.
Dakota County prosecutors convinced a judge to narrow the inquiry into problems at the St. Paul Police Department crime lab at a contentious hearing Wednesday.
The request comes as public defenders representing Matthew Jensen, a man charged with fifth-degree drug possession, prepare to question top police officials and crime lab employees about the lab's operations.
St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith has authorized an independent review of the troubled police crime lab, which shut down drug testing after employees acknowledged the lab lacked written standard operating procedures and may have relied on equipment contaminated with illegal drugs.
The troubled St. Paul Police Department crime lab kept some of its evidence in a hallway, according to internal police documents submitted Thursday to Dakota County District Court.
It's been more than a year since a team of Navy SEALs raided a home in Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden, but the daring mission lives on, three times a week, in a building in New Hope, Minn.
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A Maplewood man has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting a teenager who responded to a Craigslist ad for a cell phone.
State public defender John Stuart has called a meeting of chief public defenders to discuss what to in the aftermath of problems revealed at the St. Paul crime lab.
St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith said he became aware of serious concerns about his department's crime lab in the past week, but court records show that Smith's assistant chief and a senior commander knew about the problems months ago.
St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith vowed to make changes at his department's troubled crime lab Thursday, after lab employees testified in court that the lab has no standard procedures for how to test evidence for the presence of illegal drugs.
Senior Commander Colleen Luna of the St. Paul Police Department will lead the reorganization of the crime lab.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said Wednesday that he did not learn of the serious allegations against the St. Paul Police Department crime lab until last week, but court documents show that at least one Dakota County prosecutor knew about problems at the lab for almost four months.
The news comes after two crime lab workers and the director of the lab said this week that the lab does not follow any written procedures for drug testing and does not document most of the steps they take when testing evidence for illegal drugs.