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Ex-SF crime lab tech won't face criminal charges

A former San Francisco lab technician who acknowledged snorting cocaine from evidence, resulting in the costly dismissal of hundreds of cases, will not be charged with a crime, state prosecutors said Friday.The attorney general's office notified San Francisco police on Dec. 2 that there was not sufficient evidence to charge Deborah Madden, AG spokesman Jim Finefrock said Friday.Madden, 60, had been accused of stealing small amounts of cocaine from the lab while working there last year.The allegations led to the lab's closure in March and the dismissal of more than 600 drug cases. It also created a nightmare for District Attorney Kamala Harris, who asked the attorney general's office in April to handle any possible prosecution.Madden's attorney, Paul DeMeester, said Friday his client is ecstatic."This lifts quite a burden for her," DeMeester said. "This is very positive news."Public Defender Jeff Adachi said the decision raises concerns about a possible double standard when it comes to ...

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