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7:46 am
Tue December 2, 2014

New DE Medical Examiner Meets Oversight Panel

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's new chief medical examiner is getting some face time with the state panel that oversees his newly created division.

Dr. Gary Collins will be introduced Tuesday at a meeting of the state Commission on Forensic Science.

The commission is charged with providing oversight and guidance to the Division of Forensic Science, which was created earlier this year amid an evidence tampering scandal at the state drug-testing lab.

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8:25 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Drug Charges Dropped Following Lab Scandal in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors have dropped drug charges against a man accused of dealing heroin following testimony at a court hearing regarding an evidence-tampering and theft scandal at the state's drug testing lab.

The charges against 31-year-old Braaheim D. Reed were dropped Thursday morning before a judge resumed a hearing that could determine the fate of hundreds of other drug prosecutions in Delaware.

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8:13 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Delaware Drug Testing Lab Was in Disarray

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The manager of Delaware's controlled substances lab says the office was in serious disarray when she took over last year.

Robyn Quinn testified Tuesday at a court hearing involving two drug crime defendants that could determine the fate of hundreds of drug prosecutions in Delaware.

The hearing regards an evidence-tampering scandal at Delaware's controlled substances lab that already has led to the arrests of two employees and dismissals or plea bargains in scores of drug cases.

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9:10 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Thousands of Drug Related Cases Could Take Hit in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The fate of thousands of drug prosecutions could hinge on an upcoming hearing related to Delaware's troubled and now closed Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Public Defender's Office will argue Tuesday that any evidence that passed through the state's drug-testing lab should be thrown out.

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11:37 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Governor Abolishes Office of Medical Examiner

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The Office of Chief Medical Examiner is no more in Delaware.

Governor Jack Markell signed legislation yesterday that replaces it with a new crime testing division that comes under the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

He put his signature on the measure shortly after the state House of Representatives passed the legislation on a 35-to-4 vote.

The law was opposed by trial lawyers and the National Association of Medical Examiners who worried about a conflict of interest because it is being moved over to a law enforcement agency.

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8:42 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Objections to Restructuring of Delaware's Medical Examiner's Office

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As the Delaware House of Represents gets ready to eliminate the Office of Chief Medical Examiner and establish a new crime lab in a fast track vote two major national organizations are raising objections.

The National Association of Medical Examiners issued a five-page letter called on state legislators to withdraw proposal while the Innocence Project said the measure had some serious flaws.

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2:38 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Delaware Senate Set to Abolish Chief Medical Examiner's Office

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state Senate is set to vote on a bill abolishing the office of chief medical examiner and replacing it with a new division of forensic science.

The legislation to be voted on Thursday was prompted by a scandal involving evidence tampering and theft at the state drug testing lab, which is part of the medical examiner's office. 

Two employees of the medical examiner's office have been arrested, and the chief medical examiner is suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources. 

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8:37 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Drug Testing Lab Could Be Replaced in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state Senate committee is set to take up a bill abolishing the office of chief medical examiner and replacing it with a new division of forensic science.

The bill to be discussed Wednesday was drafted in response to a scandal involving evidence tampering and theft at the state drug testing lab, which is part of the medical examiner's office.

Two employees of the medical examiner's office have been arrested, and chief medical examiner Richard Callery is suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources.

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8:30 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Two Arrested in Delaware Drug Testing Lab Scandal

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State police have arrested two employees of the Delaware medical examiner's office in an investigation of evidence tampering at the state drug testing lab.

Thirty-eight-year-old James Woodson and 54-year-old Farnam Daneshgar were arrested Wednesday after being indicted by a New Castle County grand jury on Tuesday.

Woodson, who worked as a lab courier, is charged with cocaine trafficking, theft of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and official misconduct. He also is charged with improperly accessing the state's criminal justice database.

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9:05 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Major Change for ME in Delaware Drug Testing Scandal

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Markell administration officials are proposing a reorganization of the Delaware medical examiner's office amid an evidence tampering scandal in the state drug-testing lab.

Officials proposed Wednesday that the ME's office be moved from the Department of Health and Social Services to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

The proposal was presented to a joint legislative committee as it resumed a hearing regarding problems at the drug-testing lab, which is part of the medical examiner's office and is the subject of a criminal investigation.

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9:11 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Legislative Hearing on Drug Testing Lab Scandal

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are continuing to probe issues involving evidence tampering in the state's drug-testing lab.

House and Senate lawmakers planned to hold a joint hearing Wednesday regarding the lab, which is part of the medical examiner's office and is the subject of a criminal investigation. Lawmakers have invited representatives of the attorney general's office and court system to attend.

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8:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Second Suspension in Delaware Drug Testing Lab Scandal

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say a second employee of the Delaware medical examiner's office has been suspended amid an investigation of evidence tampering in the state criminal drug testing lab.

Chief medical examiner Richard Callery was recently suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources.

Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf said Wednesday that a second state employee who worked as an evidence technician in the medical examiner's office also has been suspended. She did not provide further details.

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8:31 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Delaware Lawmakers Take Up Drug Testing Lab Scandal

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are meeting to discuss tampering of evidence in the state's drug testing lab.

Members of the Senate Public Safety Committee were to receive a briefing on the drug lab Wednesday from Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf and Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Lewis Schiliro.

State police closed down the lab, which is a part of the medical examiner's office, in February amid a criminal investigation of evidence being tampered with or missing.

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