Association of Prosecuting AttorneysAugust 01, 2012
Prosecutor offers plea deals due to crime lab questions
St. Paul, Minn. - Washington County authorities will offer defendants deals that include less jail time and more emphasis on drug treatment in just under 100 cases affected by the closing of the St. Paul Police Department crime lab. The problems at the crime lab, acknowledged by lab employees in court testimony earlier this month have thrown thousands of past and pending cases into question. The St. Paul Police Department crime lab provided drug testing for the Minnesota State Patrol and law enforcement in Dakota, Washington and Ramsey Counties. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said about 10 defendants in his county have already accepted plea offers.