Thursday, July 11, 2013

Annie Dookhan; Esquire's superb article by Charles Pierce on a scientist once in the public employ: "A brave warrier in the war on drugs named Annie Dookhan." (Great read; HL);

STORY: "The lust for convictions in the war on drugs," by  Charles P. Pierce, published by  Esquire on  July 10, 2013;

GIST: Up here in the Commonwealth (God save it!), we once had in the public employ a brave warrior in the war on drugs named Annie Dookhan. Annie was a chemist in the state drug laboratory. Annie was very good at her job. Prosecutors loved her, some admittedly more than others. Annie loved her work, so much so that, when the war on drugs needed a boost, Annie allegedly gave it one. Annie, the brave warrior in the war on drugs, is currently on trial for faking the results in many of the 34,000 drug cases she handled in the lab. This has resulted in over 150 prisoners already being freed. This has not had universally good results. And, as it turns out, Annie Dookhan was not alone in her personal war on drugs.

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