Adachi said Madden's statements underscore the need for an independent investigation of the lab, and asserted that police investigators had gone easy on Madden in their interrogation. "There are softball questions throughout the interview. At various points in the interview, the inspectors even attempt to suggest an alibi for her," he said.
He pointed to what he called a "deplorable" statement by investigators that the public defender said was an encouragement to mitigate problems at the lab: "They're going to need your help on this," the investigator said to Madden. "A lot of people are going to be trying to take advantage of it. You know, it's kind of like the bus is going to be going by and Muni gets into an accident and three or four people jump on so they can say their neck hurts, right?"
Adachi also said the transcripts revealed that Harris' office had understated how far back problems at the lab went, noting assertions by Madden in her interview that there were "discrepancies all along throughout the years" in drug testing. He also said he found it "hard to believe" that prosecutors were unaware of problems at the drug lab and of Madden's criminal history. (She was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in 2008 in San Mateo County.)
Problems at the lab could affect tens of thousands of cases going back for years, Adachi said: "The reality is that this is not going away."