Public Defender Wants DA To Notify Defendants Of DPD Audit Results
Jul 14, 2017 04:15PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Dracut Police Headquarters
Randy Giola, the deputy chief counsel in charge of the Public Counsel Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, has asked Middlesex Count6y District Attorney Marian Ryan to notify all past defendants involved in Dracut cases, that exculpatory information may exist pertaining to their particular case.
Last year, an independent audit concluded that there had been a pattern of evidence mismanagement in the Dracut Police Department spanning many years. According to an article published by the Lowell Sun, there could be thousands of cases subject to review and possibly re-opened as a result of the mismanagement.
Speaking to the Sun, Giola said the mismanagement was so bad that any and all physical evidence gathered over the years by the Dracut Police may be tainted.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the District Attorney's office said cases are being reviewed and defendants are being notified on a case-by-case basis.
The stinging audit report, compiled by Pomeroy Resources Inc., noted, among other things, that physical evidence had not been properly logged, labeled or, in some cases, stored securely. In addition, $1,000 cash had gone missing from the evidence room and the door to the evidence room sometimes did not lock properly, according to the article in The Sun.
The audit led interim Chief Neil Ouellette to overhaul of the way evidence was handled and to re-assign a handful of officers.