Preston's boss is Attorney General Kamala Harris, who might have something at stake in questions about the memo's suppression. In December, both Harris and Gascón — at the time San Francisco's DA and police chief, respectively — said they had no knowledge of Harmon's memo. Today, Harmon says he does not know whether Harris was apprised of the report or its contents. "I never dealt with her. I would see her once in a while in the hallway," he says. Gascón declined to comment through his public-relations office.

Both the findings of Harmon's memo and the unexplained failures on the part of police and prosecutors over the past six months to share the report or describe it accurately in public statements could revive questions about ethical and scientific lapses related to the crime lab. They could call into question the soundness of evidence used in much more significant and emotionally charged cases — rapes, murders, assaults, burglaries, and more — than the low-level narcotics cases affected by the now-resolved scandal in the lab's drug unit.

“The full story — the full, true story — is still not out there,” veteran prosecutor Rockne Harmon says.
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“The full story — the full, true story — is still not out there,” veteran prosecutor Rockne Harmon says.
According to a whistleblower, former SFPD Interim Chief Jeff Godown did not share an internal report critical of the crime lab with DOJ auditors.
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According to a whistleblower, former SFPD Interim Chief Jeff Godown did not share an internal report critical of the crime lab with DOJ auditors.

Such consequences have so far been forestalled by misinformation. Now Harmon is preparing to take the stand and tell his story. Once the whole truth is out, some of San Francisco's highest-ranking law-enforcement officials could have some things to explain.

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Alferdonito4
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JanetteT
JanetteT

Not a surprise when SF city workers are involved: overpaid, lazy, and incompetent.There are about 27,000 SF city workers for 800,000 population. 40 years ago population was same and SF had 5,000 city workers. Morons hiring morons. In this dept. the employees just can't hide their incompetence.

Bev
Bev

Brilliant, article!!!! This is one of the best pieces of reporting I've seen in years, and it's a shock the major media outlets don't pick up on this. It's a great example of continued failures within the various departments of San Francisco. Often, these breakdowns occur because none other than our ongoing politicians who move from dept to dept or Board to dept. There are skeletons in everyone dept's closet. Being in the courts, and knowing all the players in this, I commend Mr. Harmon for standing up and calling it what it is: deception, unethical, you name it. In the article Mr. Harmon loudly proclaims, in case no one caught it, he'll turn over everything if Subpoenaed. Jeff Adachi, are you hearing his underlying "hint hint?" Unfortunately, this cannot be investigated by the Atty General's Office as Kamela is Attorney General; and I continue to hear she is non-responsive to Law Enforcement conference invites around the state regarding vital practices and policies. Expected, consider the track record here in SF. If I was the accrediting board from back east, I'd move to have this investigated by the FBI. There are some I suspect are going to have sleepless nights as this is just the tip of the ice berg.

Scientific Fire
Scientific Fire

The "accrediting board back east" could care less. They are part of the problem.

Clyde
Clyde

no surprise one more reason not to vote for Gascon as DA

SkV
SkV

Actually, this was under Kamela's watch.

Cheryl Meril
Cheryl Meril

It's a corrupt legal system, what do you expect? They're nothing more than a business enterprise out to protect their own interests.

 
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