A chemist working in a Florida crime lab resigned Monday amid an investigation into missing drug evidence that could compromise hundreds of cases. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commission is reviewing 2,600 cases the suspected employee handled involving 80 law enforcement agencies in dozens of counties throughout Florida.
Litigation Partner William Shepherd said the effect of this breach will depend on the breadth of the evidence tampering, but it could result in some felons having their sentences reduced.
“We don’t know yet if this started years ago or was a recent problem,” Mr. Shepherd said. He also said the investigation is already impacting the resources of law enforcement departments as agents look into this matter.
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