Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Annie Dookhan: Massachusetts; Bulletin: Major Development: State's highest rules that people convicted on drug charges in cases that involved the disgraced state chemist can seek new trials..."“Regardless whether a defendant pleads guilty to a drug offense or is found guilty at trial . . . the evidence is still potentially tainted by Dookhan’s misconduct,’’ Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants wrote for the court. “The taint is still attributable to the government [because] it may be impossible for the defendant to prove [their] case . . . was actually tainted by Dookhan’s misconduct.’"..."Dookhan worked in a Department of Public Health lab in Jamaica Plain from 2003 to 2012, testing suspected drugs. She admitted to tampering with samples, forging results in favor of law enforcement. Her actions may have compromised 24,000 cases. She served a three-year sentence for perjury and evidence tampering."