More Than 21,000 Drug Convictions Back East Could Be Dropped
Due to lab chemist tampering
April 19, 2017
(NATIONAL) -- More than 21,000 drug convictions in the state of Massachusetts could be dropped due to a lab chemist’s falsifying and tampering drug test results.
The Massachusetts state Supreme Court has ordered prosecutors to review the remaining cases involving chemist Annie Dookhan, who got out of prison last year for falsifying and tampering with lab results for years, according to New York Daily News which reported that any case that "could not be retried without evidence Dookhan handled is expected to be thrown out."
From the report:
....According to the ACLU of Massachusetts, 21,587 cases have been recommended for dismissal "a number the group called historic.'
.... Matthew Segal, legal director of the state’s ACLU chapter said Tuesday in a statement, “Today is a major victory for justice and fairness, and for thousands of people in the commonwealth who were unfairly convicted of drug offenses."
.... Prosecutors have reviewed 24,000 of Dookhan’s drug cases, 2000 have been resolved...with the "expected mass dismissal, only about 300 convictions connected to Dookhan’s lab work will still stand."
....Dookhan pleaded guilty in 2013 to forging drug test results in a Boston state lab and then lying about it in the investigation.
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