Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills has been assigned to decide the San Francisco district attorney’s challenge for cause in crime-lab related cases.
Judge Anne-Christine Massullo has reviewed thousands of pages in camera in about 60 joined narcotics cases — all related to the evidence-tampering scandal at the San Francisco crime lab. In May, she faulted the district attorney's office for failing to produce exculpatory information about the crime lab.
The DA filed the challenge late last month, questioning Massullo’s impartialty because her husband, John Hemann, a Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner, is the court-appointed attorney for a defendant whose federal case was touched (free reg. req.) by San Francisco’s drug lab scandal.