Monday, December 24, 2012

Annie Dookhan: Indicted drug analyst's e-mails reveal her close personal ties to prosecutors, reports the Boston Globe.

STORY:  "Indicted drug analyst Annie Dookhan's e-mails reveal her close personal ties to prosecutors," by reporter Andrea Estes, published in the Boston Globe on December 20, 2012.

GIST: "Annie Dookhan was supposed to be an independent witness, a state chemist coolly analyzing drug evidence for the court. But her e-mails over the last nine years, obtained by the Globe, vividly detail her close relationship with prosecutors, including a man to whom she poured her heart out, and her strong desire to put suspects behind bars. Dookhan, arraigned Thursday on 27 counts of altering drug evidence and obstructing justice, viewed herself as part of the prosecution team, the ­e-mails show. She coached ­assistant district attorneys on trial strategy and told one that her goal was “getting [drug dealers] off the streets.” When Dookhan told a prosecutor that she could not testify in her case, the woman replied with an anguished: “No no no!!! I need you!!!” The e-mails show that her close relationships extended beyond Norfolk Assistant ­District Attorney George ­Papachristos, who resigned in October after the Globe disclosed his flirtatious friendship with Dookhan. But Dookhan appeared to have a special fondness for Papachristos, even sending him copies of an e-mail in which she said she needed a man “to love me and make me laugh.” The collection of more than 1,000 e-mails could raise new questions about the reliability of any of Dookhan’s work in the 34,000 drug cases she handled since 2003 at the state drug lab in Jamaica Plain. Dookhan’s admitted altering of test results and mishandling of evidence has already led to the release from jail of 159 drug case ­defendants, with many more expected to be freed. The e-mails show Dookhan was prone to fabrications, repeat­edly making up grandiose job titles for herself, such as “special agent of operations” for the FBI and other federal agencies. She was also far from the impartial analyst her job description demanded, regularly doing favors for prosecutors while treating defense attor­neys warily, asking prosecutors if she should even ­respond to their requests. The correspondence also raises questions about what role prosecutors may have played in encouraging Dookhan’s ­alleged misconduct."
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