BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick planned to seek $30 million to cover the initial costs stemming from a testing scandal at a state drug lab that threatens to unravel thousands of criminal cases.
The governor separately agreed Wednesday to a request from the state’s attorney general to name an independent investigator to examine broader issues surrounding the now-closed lab.
Lovely. Because of one apparently unqualified person, the state is expecting to be on the hook for at least $30 million in legal fees and other costs. Thousands of cases are going to have to be re-examined. Who knows the number of prisoners that are going to have to be released from prison for sentences possibly tainted by the drug lab? How many will need to be re-tried on other charges now, or set free? How much of that $30 mil is going to go towards retribution for those improperly convicted as a result of forged testing?
Now, though, here's another question: How the bloody hell does the state have a "rainy day" fund that can cover $30 million or more? Why the hell are we raising taxes to cover shortfalls and fretting over rotting light poles if we've got this special multi-million dollar "oopsie" fund? Something doesn't sound quite right if we can magically make millions of dollars appear out of thin air to cover a large screwup from an exceedingly small laboratory.
And just think! If the supervisors at the laboratory had done their jobs, they could have saved the state $30 million or more. All of this could have been avoided by simply following basic scientific and laboratory protocols where one's work is reviewed by one's peers. And bosses. Heck, anyone. The way this was allowed to go on for years and years makes me wonder if this laboratory has ties to the ZOMG GLOBAL WARMING crowd...
But it's okay, the state's got this magical "rainy day fund" to cover the costs - good thing that won't cost the taxpayers anything, right?
That is all.