DA criticizes response to crime lab gaps
Problem was played down, Morrissey says
The Norfolk District Attorney on Saturday criticized the initial response of health officials to alleged problems at a Jamaica Plain crime laboratory, saying it did not match the seriousness and scope of the questions concerning a former chemist’s handling of evidence. District Attorney Michael Morrissey’s comments came two days after state officials shut Hinton State Laboratory Institute indefinitely. State police and the Attorney General’s Office are investigating complaints that a laboratory chemist, who has since resigned, repeatedly broke rules about documenting samples.