Thursday, October 4, 2012

Annie Dookhan: Massachusetts; Woman released half way through sentence; Lawyer says very "productive" lab people set her back. Boston Globe.

STORY: "Roxbury mother freed amid state drug lab scandal." by reporter Brian Ballou, published in the Boston Globe on October 4, 2012.

GIST: "Standing in the administrative offices of the South Middlesex Correctional Center in Framingham, Mylazia Johnson was handed a letter from her attorney. At first, she didn’t quite understand the import of the news it contained: She had a court date Sept. 28. And she could be released. “I read it again, and I was thinking it can’t be true,” said Johnson, of Roxbury, who was halfway through her 3½-year drug sentence. The attorney explained during a telephone call: Annie Dookhan, the former state chemist at the epicenter of a spiraling drug lab scandal, had been involved in testing the drugs in Johnson’s case...........Attorney Kathleen S. Lucey has represented two of those people, Johnson and Joshua P. Fernandes, who was freed last week in Plymouth Superior Court after serving about half of his sentence for cocaine trafficking and drug possession. Fernandes was convicted in March 2011. “Ms. Johnson was dealt a much tougher hand than most of us, but she never, ever gave up on herself, and she’s already doing good things and moving forward despite what very ‘productive’ lab people have done to set her back,” Lucey said."

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