Friday, July 12, 2013

Annie Dookhan: Massachusetts: Crime lab debacle; Beleaguered authorities hit by a '2nd wave' of "longer-reaching issues". Cape Cod Times.

STORY:  '2nd wave' hits DAs in state drug lab scandal," by reporter Heather Wysocki, published by  The Cape Cod  Times on July 9, 2013.

GIST: "But while they wait, other, longer-reaching issues are beginning to come forward. "There could be a whole wave of things we've yet to experience," Glenny said. In cases with a drug conviction, the state Registry of Motor Vehicles is notified, and driver's license suspensions can be levied. Defendants already have come forward asking that if they plead guilty to lesser charges they not receive a second suspension, Lynch said. The district attorney's office is also anticipating complications years down the road, such as when someone with a conviction has difficulty getting a job or wants to have a subsequent, more serious offense based on a Dookhan case re-examined, Lynch said. For some defendants, getting cases dropped or changed to lesser offenses could have "tremendous significance," Galibois said. "It has a great impact on their ability to rehabilitate themselves and get jobs in the future." In addition, the hundreds of samples that must be retested to see if convictions stand are creating a backlog in the state laboratory system, Glenny said. After the state Health Department's Hinton lab was shut down in August, the state police — who run their own crime lab — took over testing of drug samples, but no additional staff has been added. Before the allegations against Dookhan, having a drug tested took about six months. Now, Glenny said, it's "in excess" of nine to 10 months. "It's more volume straining an already strained system," he said."

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