Elsbernd pushes civil suit against lab-tech 

Deborah Madden, the woman at the center of the crime lab scandal, won’t face criminal charges.

But Supervisor Sean Elsbernd asked the city attorney Tuesday if The City could pursue a civil case against her to recoup the millions of dollars the scandal cost taxpayers.

“We may not be able to pursue criminal charges but as a result of her actions, the Public Defender’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Police Department and who knows, a number of other departments, have incurred substantial level of costs,” Elsbernd said. “Can we pursue in civil court any costs from her, particularly when you consider the taxpayers will be paying her a pension north of $60,000 a year, to me that’s just unconscionable.”

“If we can’t pursue criminal action can we pursue civil action?” he asked.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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