Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Annie Dookhan: Another ramification of the debacle: Old evidence is piling up as indicted chemist triggers shutdown of wide-ranging system of destroying drug evidence no longer needed for prosecution. The Worcester Telegram;

STORY: "Drug lab evidence causes old evidence to pile up," by reporter Shaun Suttner, published by the Worcester Telegram on  June 23, 2013.

GIST: "Disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan almost single-handedly brought the state’s drug testing system to a standstill and cast doubt on tens of thousands of drug convictions. Now it turns out the indicted chemist has also triggered the shutdown of the wide-ranging system of destroying drug evidence that is no longer needed for criminal prosecution, causing a massive backlog of old drug evidence in barracks and police stations statewide. State public safety authorities last July ordered an indefinite moratorium on the destruction of drug evidence. That stoppage is still in effect and is likely to remain so at least until the state Inspector General completes a report on the state Department of Public Health’s two former drug testing labs, which have since been taken over by the state police. Meanwhile, state police evidence experts are developing guidelines for use by all law enforcement agencies — including the state police and local police departments across the state — on best practices for getting rid of old drug evidence."

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