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This is Why You Can't Trust "Experts" and Lab Results at Trial


A Massachusetts lab technician, Sonja Farak, came to work high every day for 8 years. Well technically, sometimes she arrived sober but was soon high as a kite.

She worked in a lab that tested drugs confiscated from arrested suspects. Of course, she wasn't supposed to personally test the drugs… that was what the lab equipment was for.

In 2014 Farak was sentenced to 18 months in prison and was released in 2015. It took another three years for the courts to toss 11,000 convictions tainted by the worker.

That is right, the people that Farak helped wrongly convict stayed in prison for another three years after Sonja Farak was released.

There is now a $5.7 million civil case against Farak, brought by Ronaldo Penate, who was convicted using her testimony. On the day Sonja tested the drugs involved in his case, she had smoked crack in the bathroom in addition to taking acid or LSD. The man served over five years in prison based on her trippy testimony, before his conviction was vacated.

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