Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Annie Dookhan: Massachusetts; Al Jazeera's "America Tonight" takes a look at "flawed forensics" and the gargantuan task of "undoing the dirty work of Annie Dookhan." Al Jazeera America.

STORY: "Flawed forensics: Undoing the dirty work of Annie Dookhan," by Lori Jane Gliha, published by Al Jazeera America on "America Tonight" on   June 3, 2013:

SUB-HEADING: "One Massachusetts chemist may have contaminated more than 40,000 criminal cases; now the state has to fix it."

HEADING FOR PART 1 of this TV report. (Link provided):  "Cleaning up the 'catatrophic' damage of a rogue state chemist."

HEADING FOR PART 2 of this TV report. Same as above. (Link provided); 

GIST: "District Attorney Tim Cruz estimates at least 1,000 cases in Plymouth County were affected by Dookhan. That’s just a tiny fraction of the more than 40,000 cases affected across the state, in one of the biggest criminal justice scandals in Massachusetts’ history. Dookhan’s actions allowed criminals back onto the streets, and forced others to face stiff penalties for crimes they never committed. “I think [her name] brings significant disappointment,” Cruz told America Tonight, “and a lot of good hard work by a lot of good people was thrown out the window because of her activities.” Last November, Dookhan pleaded guilty to 27 counts of misleading investigators, filing false reports and tampering with evidence, and was sentenced to three to five years in prison. The judge called the consequences of her crimes “nothing short of catastrophic.” Now, the state faces the gargantuan task of fixing it."

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