You may remember the former Massachusetts state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan who I wrote about previously. To sum up Annie Dookhan career as a state crime lab chemist she submitted positive results for drug samples she neglected to test, forged co-workers’ signatures on her work, lied at trial under oath and even falsely claimed to have a master’s degree in chemistry, all in an attempt look like a highly productive employee.

As a result of all her lies, over 40,000 drug samples have fallen under scrutiny, making legal system question 40,000 verdicts. Over 300 convicted inmates have already been released and thousands more are expected.

Annie Dookhan, the drug analyst who tampered with evidence and jeopardized tens of thousands of criminal convictions, was sentenced Friday to three to five years in state prison, closing a sorrowful chapter for the woman at the center of a scandal that continues to plague the state’s criminal justice system.

The 36-year-old mother of a disabled child, whose marriage fell apart in the months after the scandal, softly pleaded guilty to 27 counts of misleading investigators, filing false reports, and tampering with evidence. She must also serve two years of probation and undergo mental health counseling, if needed.

Science is suppose to be the most credible source of evidence in the criminal justice system and the people behind it are held to a higher standard of ethics then the average citizen. Only 3-5 years is a major insult to the people who were punished, her lies led to people losing their freedom, children, families, and dignity. I can imagine Annie Dookhan is going to be quite popular in the prison system surrounded by people who are going to blame her for their incarceration.

source: Annie Dookhan pleads guilty in drug lab scandal

 

Florida congressman Henry “Trey” Radel was advocated drug testing for welfare recipients pleading guilty in D.C. Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine and sentenced to probation.

“Radel, 37, a Republican who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last year with the backing of the conservative Tea Party movement, was charged after buying 3.5 grams of cocaine in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood on October 29 in the presence of an undercover agent, the government said.

In Collier County, Florida, which Radel represents in Congress, Democrats called for Radel’s resignation and accused him of hypocrisy for, among other things, opposing the legalization of medical marijuana and advocating drug testing for welfare recipients.”

Henry “Trey” Radel a tax paid elected official is a hypocrite when he argues that he wants people who receive welfare to be drug tested so that tax payers money will not be used to purchase drugs. This is why I continue to argues that any elected officials that are paid with tax paper money should be drug tested so tax payer funds are not used to purchase 3.5 grams of cocaine from undercover agents.