Drug Lab Misconduct Leads to New Trials for Thousands

Tens of thousands of prisoners across the state of Massachusetts who were convicted as a result of drug tests overseen by state scientist Annie Dookhan may soon challenge these convictions in court with a recent with a recent Supreme Judicial Court verdict.

In the unanimous decision, justices ruled that defendants whose convictions were based on evidence tainted by the chemist, Annie Dookhan, can seek new trials without facing added charges or a more severe sentence.

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.

source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/us/annie-dookhan-defendants-mass-supreme-court.html?_r=0

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