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How To Fix A Drug Scandal

How To Fix A Drug Scandal

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How To Fix A Drug Scandal is a Netflix documentary series that was released on the April 1, 2020.[20]

The docu-series, How to Fix a Drug Scandal was produced by Alex Gibney and directed by an American filmmaker, Erin Lee Carr who also piloted the popular TV series "Dirty Money." She also helmed "Mommy Dead and Dearest."

The TV documentary series shows the intriguing case of Sonja Farak. Sonja Farak was a drug lab expert who was working as a lab technician in Amherst, Massachusetts and became addicted to the substances she was supposed to test. The documentary series looks at her trial and how her actions impacted those convicted of crimes based on her testing.

About

The series follows the shocking crimes of two drug laboratory chemists and blurs the lines of justice for prosecutors, officials and thousands of inmates.

The mini series runs for about 3h 31min and is a part of the documentary and crime genres.

Plot Summary

In 2013, Massachusetts State Police arrested 35 years old drug lab chemist Sonja Farak for altering evidence. Over time after the arrest, details became clear that Farak had also been using the drugs that she was entrusted with testing. The extent of Farak's addiction and the number of individuals indicted because of her drug testing comes to light, in defiance of repeated efforts to stifle evidence.

The four-part documentary series directed by Erin Lee Carr examines the basic, but obscured, part of the criminal justice system. Additionally it contains re-creations of Farak's convincing grand jury testimony and interviews with attorneys and experts. Farak's family also speaks on how the actions of one crime lab technician can affect countless lives.

Cast and Crew

  • Scott Allen as Journalist, The Boston Globe

  • Karl Kenzler as Lawyer

  • Daniel Marx as Defense Attorney

  • Shawn Musgrave as Investigative Reporter

  • Shannon O'Neill as Sonja Farak

  • Jared Olanoff as Defense Attorney

  • Luke Ryan as Deffense Attorney

  • Paul Solotaroff as Journalist, Rolling Stone

  • David Sullivan as Northwestern District Attorney

  • Daniel Conley as Former District Attorney

  • Amy Farak as Sonja Farak's Sister

  • Linda Farak as Sonja Farak's Mother

  • Maura Healey as Massachusetts Attorney General

  • Matt Segal as Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

  • Madelyn Vazquez as Rafael's Wife

  • Robin Whitney as Former Massachusetts State Police

  • Deborah Becker as Journalist, WBUR-FM

  • James Connolly as Former Massachusetts State Police

  • Jorge Diaz as Defendant

  • Ronaldo Peñate as Defendant

  • Rafael Rodriguez Jr. as Rafael's Son

  • Millieonie Rodriguez as Rafael's Daughter

  • Buffy Spencer as Legal Journalist

  • Heather Harris as Forensic Chemist

  • George Papachristos as Former Assistant District Attorney

Produced by

  • Celia Aniskovich... co-producer

  • Will Cohen... series producer

  • Ted Gesing... Recreation Producer

  • Matt Ochacher... executive producer

  • Michael Pelmont... executive producer

  • Brian Volk-Weiss... executive producer

Music by Ian Hultquist

Cinematography by Bryan Sarkinen and Shane Sigler

Film Editing by Ben Gold and Alexis Johnson

Camera and Electrical Department

  • Chris Angarone... grip

  • Nolan Ball... assistant camera

  • Benjamin Boult... camera operator

  • Michael Grantland... additional camera

  • Edward Herrera... grip

  • Corey Hess... A Cam 1st Assistant Camera

  • Keith Heyward... additional camera

  • Christian Johnson... C Cam 1st Assistant Camera

  • Thomas Kane... 1st Assistant: B Camera

  • Ronan Killeen... additional camera

  • Robert Ko... assistant camera

  • Julia Liu... additional camera

  • Ariel Nehorayoff... gaffer

  • Dan Peck... gaffer

  • Glenn Porter... key grip

  • Edwin Rubio... assistant camera

  • Dan White... gaffer

Editorial Department

  • Drew Kilgore... Digital Intermediate Manager

Other crew

  • Justin Ellis... researcher

  • Robert Stein... counsel

Episode Guide

How to Fix a Drug Scandal (2020) currently has four aired episodes.

Episode 1

Damning Evidence uncovers the addiction of drug lab technician Sonja Farak. A scandal erupts, which raises questions for the thousands of defendants in her cases.

Episode 2

Top state lab chemist Annie Dookhan falls from grace over blatant fraud and unsettling emails with prosecutors. The path to Farak's trail begins.

Episode 3

The disconcerting confessions of Farak reveals a broken system. Annie Dookhan takes the fall in court,yet suspicions of a high-level cover-up grow stronger.

Episode 4

The American Civil Liberties Union and defense attorneys fight for justice in the tainted cases as the authorities and the public bear the overwhelming magnitude of the fallout.

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