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When the face of SFPD’s Crime Lab Scandal, Deborah Madden, was interviewed by SFPD on February 26 (a week and a half before the lab was shut down, natch), she said many many crazy things! Of course, we’re just hearing about them now, because it wasn’t until Tuesday that a judge ordered prosecutors to release a transcript of this interview to the SF Public Defender’s office.

SF PD Jeff Adachi got his copy of this transcript today (as part of a 2,700 page document dump), and is holding a press conference at noon today to talk about the what this means for them — it’s a safe bet that there are a lot of folks that will be going free because of this.

But let’s talk about some of the wackier stuff from this transcript, shall we? But, first, let’s remember that Madden still hasn’t been charged with anything, at all. Which is kind of odd, because she admits to some stuff!

— Madden admitted that that she had stolen cocaine five times from evidence samples over a three-month period in late 2009.

— Madden also admitted that she took empty lab vials home (there were 21 found in her residence) to mix paint for plastic models that she builds. There is something about this that makes me feel kind of sad! (Of course, other things, like conviction based on flawed evidence, makes me way sadder)

— “I thought that I could control my drinking by using some cocaine. … I don’t think (it) worked.” Said Madden. Oh god. Seriously? Is this a thing? Help me out here.

— Madden says she had “fallen behind on her work and often dumped the drugs (for testing) into a hazardous waste bin or down the drain.” What about the fish, Ms. Madden? And the turtles?

— Madden makes it clear that she didn’t steal drugs from evidence. “If some fell on the counter or something and it was sitting there afterwards, I may have taken that, but no, I didn’t scoop it out of evidence.” This is a distinction that is kind of wasted on me, I think.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • bloomsm

    Maybe she wasn’t stealing enough to make it work.

  • Brock Keeling

    A lot of people enjoy cocaine’s ability to make one feel less drunk; I can see how she felt this might help her out initially. But then, after persistent use, it becomes a balancing act and use of both substances increases tenfold.

  • bloomsm

    Well, if we’re gonna talk drugs….coke will take some of the edge off the drunk (and take away the need to get any drunker) but you’re better of smoking a joint.

    Not that I know anything of any of this…

  • Eve Batey

    I know I must be missing something obvious — why not just not drink? You guys know me, I’g=m ignorant about this stuff.

  • bloomsm

    Why not just drink? Because there’s a warehouse full of blow, and Debra Madden had the keys, basically.

  • Eve Batey

    My bad, usage no good HULK SMASH.

    What I’m asking is, if coke counteracts the effects of alcohol, why isn’t drinking less an option? I mean, I can see if you need to sober up FAST, like to perform surgery (just kidding jeez), but if your plan is to drink, then back off on drunkenness w/ coke, why not eliminate the middle man and drink less?

    Again, I am embarrassed about how ignorant I am about this, which is why I am asking!